Changes to the healthcare insurance status quo won and lost elections, revised and created business plans, and kept harried CIOs and their overworked staffs up at night. But it also generated opportunities for IT professionals in the healthcare industry to save their organizations time and money, reshape burdensome workflows, and improve patient care. When he was elected, President Barack Obama pledged to change healthcare insurance -- and this year marked months of debate and political hijinks
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In March, GE Healthcare bought MedPlexus, a developer of EMR/PM solutions for independent clinical practices. GE planned to add MedPlexus' software capabilities to its Centricity line of solutions, targeted at smaller physician offices, typically slower to adopt technology and EMRs. "We evaluated this business opportunity extensively and decided its fit based on the value it brings the market," said Vishal Wanchoo, president and CEO of GE Healthcare IT, a $1.9 billion unit of GE Healthcare, in a press release at the time.