The excitement generated by the massive changes in healthcare reimbursement and delivery has created a flood of new technology to address gaps in the industry. Some long-time observers say they’re reminded of the late 1990s, when anything related to the Internet was greeted with awe and investor dollars. Today's health information technology climate is just as fraught with potential – and uncertainty.

In four short years, venture capital funding for health IT companies increased from $211 million in 2010 to $4.7 billion in 2014, says Raj Prabhu, CEO of Austin, Texas-based Mercom Capital Group, which follows and analyzes investment trends in several industries.

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