VA launches contest to update scheduling technology; Healthrageous secures $6.5M in financing;

> The Department of Veterans Affairs, in an attempt to enable veterans to schedule appointments using online and mobile devices, announced a contest this week to update its software in the Federal Register. According to the announcement, the VA's Medical Scheduling Package, a component in its VistA electronic health record system, is more than 25 years old. Entries for the contest will be accepted through March 1, 2013. Announcement

> Boston-based digital health management company Healthrageous this week announced that it secured $6.5 million in Series B financing from four investors. In total, the company has received $15 million in financing since 2010. Officials say the money will go toward enhancing user interfaces, analytics engines and the company's machine learning platform. Announcement

> The Methodist Hospitals in Gary, Ind., settled a lawsuit with three health IT companies, in which the health system alleged it spent more than $16 million on EHR technology that did not work, the Post-Tribune reported. Methodist initially filed its lawsuit in January 2011, claiming the companies lied about the true costs of their technology. Article

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