Health information technology is partying like it's 1999. If you doubt it, go to the home page of StartUp Health (, an "academy for health and wellness entrepreneurship," and look at the bevy of young, high-caliber geeks-MBAs, MDs, Ph.D.s-who aspire to make their fortunes transforming health care with advanced analytics or mobile apps. New ventures are springing up all over.

The total amount of venture capital invested in health information technology was $362 million through the first half of this year, compared with $270 million during the same period last year, according to research company Dow Jones VentureSource. A total of 91 rounds of venture funding went to HIT start-ups in 2011, up from 71 in 2010, and the amount of funding was about $660 million, up from $525 million for 2010, the company estimates.

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