AR Hospitals Receive Grant to Boost Health Information Exchange

EHRIntelligence | February 03, 2020

Blue Cross and Blue Shield has awarded $817,000 to Arkansas Rural Health Partnership to expand its health information exchange (HIE) to rural southern Arkansas. The Arkansas Rural Health Partnership consists of 14 hospitals and 108 affiliated clinics in the southern Arkansas. The HIE works with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) on public health issues and health education. This donation will help rural hospitals in the area upgrade equipment and pay the annual dues for the hospitals and clinics to fully participate in the state’s exchange, State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE), which is overseen by Arkansas’ Office of Health Information Technology. “Making sure doctors and hospitals in all areas of the state have the information they need to treat their patients is critical to overall quality,” said Curtis Barnett, president and CEO of Arkansas Blue Cross. “And we believe that all stakeholders have a role to play in making the health care delivery system more effective and sustainable for the people we serve.”

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Ascensus Closes Newport Merger Agreement

Ascensus | April 11, 2022

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DIGITAL HEALTHCARE

Revibe Technologies Announces Clinical Development Updates for its Investigational FokusRx Prescription Digital Therapy for the Treatment of ADHD

Revibe technologies | February 09, 2022

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HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Microbot Medical Announces Strategic Collaboration with Stryker Corporation to Develop the LIBERTY® Robotic System for Neurovascular Applications

Microbot Medical | December 28, 2021

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HCL Technologies and NEORIS Sign Agreement for Integrated IT Services

HCL Technologies | March 23, 2022

HCL Technologies a leading global technology company, has signed a collaboration agreement with NEORIS, a leading global digital accelerator that co-creates disruptive solutions for digitally aspirational companies. The agreement will bring unique capabilities to clients in global markets, including the ability to increase application usage time, business management operations and integrated IT services. As a result of this collaboration, both companies will be able to expand their operations and access new markets, making them better positioned to explore global markets. NEORIS, with more than 20 years of experience and global presence including operations in Latin America, will strengthen HCL’s presence in territories like Mexico and South America which offer great opportunities for commercial development. With operations in 52 countries, HCL Technologies will aid NEORIS in expanding its business internationally, primarily in the United States, Europe and Asia. Together, NEORIS and HCL Technologies can speed up digital transformation, mitigate risks, empower teams based on product development, create a zero-incident culture and save costs. The solutions that NEORIS and HCL will offer together will focus on complementing approaches and solutions, new technologies and talent development among other areas of expertise. "HCL Technologies and NEORIS will work together to find new business opportunities in a united effort, one where NEORIS will provide the best talent with the best skills in the market to reduce costs, time and risk. We have positioned our centers of excellence to scale and meet the expectations of each business and deliver value. Our partnership enables us to provide the best services and solutions to our clients while positioning them for future success." Marcelo Costa, global head of strategic alliances at NEORIS "We are delighted to offer this unique program to our clients in Latin America who are seeking ways to optimize their teams through best-in-class technology solutions," said Ajay Bahl, corporate vice president, HCL Technologies. "Our collaboration will also contribute to our continuous effort to build a great talent pool in Mexico to deliver industry-best service and capabilities to our customers." About NEORIS NEORIS is a leading global digital accelerator that co-creates disruptive solutions for companies that digitally aspire to increase their connections with customers, employees and stakeholders. The company is made of creative teams with technical experience and deep knowledge of their sectors. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, NEORIS has a network of global delivery centers, design studios, and operations in the United States, Europe, Latin America and India. More information is available at www.NEORIS.com, LinkedIn, and Twitter. About HCL Technologies HCL Technologies (HCL) empowers global enterprises with technology for the next decade, today. HCL’s Mode 1-2-3 strategy, based on its deep-domain industry expertise, customer-centricity and entrepreneurial culture of Ideapreneurship™, enables businesses to transform into next-gen enterprises. HCL offers its services and products through three business units: IT and Business Services (ITBS), Engineering and R&D Services (ERS) and Products & Platforms (P&P). ITBS enables global enterprises to transform their businesses through offerings in the areas of applications, infrastructure, digital process operations and next generational digital transformation solutions. ERS offers engineering services and solutions in all aspects of product development and platform engineering HCL Technologies (HCL) empowers global enterprises with technology for the next decade, today. HCL’s Mode 1-2-3 strategy, based on its deep-domain industry expertise, customer-centricity and entrepreneurial culture of Ideapreneurship™, enables businesses to transform into next-gen enterprises. HCL offers its services and products through three business units: IT and Business Services (ITBS), Engineering and R&D Services (ERS) and Products & Platforms (P&P). ITBS enables global enterprises to transform their businesses through offerings in the areas of applications, infrastructure, digital process operations and next generational digital transformation solutions. ERS offers engineering services and solutions in all aspects of product development and platform engineering

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In the wake of healthcare reform, ICD-10 and the shift to value-based performance, hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and physician practices are facing the need to achieve more key financial objectives than ever before, including the need to improve performance and efficiency, reduce denials, reduce appointment no-shows and referral leakage, and secure pre-service payment collection.

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