BCBSMA turns to techies to solve healthcare problems; Google, Apple compete on health benefits;

News From Around the Web

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is asking more than 100 "innovators" to create mobile apps to help solve big healthcare issues, reports the Boston Herald. Article

> While Silicon Valley companies like Google and Apple are known for providing free food and high salaries to their employees, competition is heating up to provide the best healthcare wellness programs, reports Reuters. Article

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is working with Charlotte-based orthopedics practice, OrthoCarolina, to provide bundled knee and hip replacements, reports the Charlotte Observer. Article

Health IT News

> Contrary to previous reports, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it will deploy a new scheduling system by 2017, Nextgov reported. Article

> In a final guidance document published Oct. 1 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the agency outlines measures it believes medical device manufacturers must take to ensure the safety and security of their tools in the face of growing cyberthreats. Article

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