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On December 17, 2010, Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes and United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Washington on "Cooperation surrounding health related information and communication technologies" to promote cooperation on eHealth between the European Commission (EC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The memorandum encourages more effective use of health related information and communicatio


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Will Cloud Heal European Healthcare?

By Silvia Piai

In the last two week I had the pleasure to participate to the IBM Analyst Insights 2010 in Madrid and Microsoft Health User group European Summit in Brussels.  These two different events -- the first dedicated to explaining to the IT analyst community the future company strategy across the various sectors and business areas including, of course, healthcare, and the second aimed more at comparing the opinions of various EMEA healthcare stakeholders on the development of healthcare ICT -- made me think a


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On December 7, 2010, Aetna (NYSE: AET), the nation's third largest health insurer, announced  it would acquire privately held Medicity for $500 million.   Medicity will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Aetna. This announcement is yet another example of a resurging trend in 2010 of healthcare payer investment and acquisition in technologies.  Aetna and United HealthGroup's subsidiary, Ingenix, have been particularly active.  Technology acquisitions or investment in technology


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On December 7, 2010, Aetna   (NYSE: AET), the nation's third largest health insurer, announced it would acquire privately Medicity for $500 million.   Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Medicity is a vendor of health information exchange and consumer engagement technology.  The acquisition is expected to close in early January 2011. Medicity will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Aetna, under its current executive leadership.



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