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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Allscripts announced in June it would acquire Eclipsys, creating a single provider of clinical, financial, connectivity and information solutions in a deal valued at about $1.3 billion. The combined company's client base will include over 180,000 U.S. physicians, 1,500 hospitals, and nearly 10,000 nursing homes, hospices, home care and other post-acute organizations, according to Allscripts, to be headed by Glen Tullman, current Allscripts CEO and CEO of the combined corporation, and Phil Pead, chairman of the new entity, and former CEO and chair of Eclipsys.