An insurer subsidizing physician purchases of electronic health records software and Intuit giving up on patient portal software highlights recent health information technology initiatives:

* Health insurer Humana Inc. will pay up to 85 percent of the cost for physicians practicing in its network to purchase the PrimeSUITE practice management/electronic health records software of Greenway Medical Technology. The program is designed to improve the sharing of clinical information between Humana and physicians.

* Financial software company Intuit in 2010 acquired Medfusion, a vendor of patient portal software, for $91 million. Medfusion already used some of Intuit’s software, including online bill payment, and Intuit planned to expand its existing Quicken Health product line to make it easier for patients to understand and pay their medical bills. Now, Intuit has sold the product, which it renamed Intuit Health, back to Medfusion founder Steve Malik. Financial terms were not disclosed.

* Orion Health will build the statewide health information exchange platform for the State of Minnesota. The vendor has other statewide HIE contracts in Alaska, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina and North Dakota.

* Behavioral health and human services software vendor Qualifacts has acquired the behavioral health product line of Mitchell & McCormick, which will focus on its growing business serving public health agencies, of which it now has more than 150. Terms were not disclosed. Qualifacts will transition M&M clients to its billing and electronic health records software.

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