Telemedicine technology vendor Carena has raised $13.3 million in a round of funding to accelerate its marketing to hospitals and delivery systems. Investors include Cambia Health Solutions, McKesson Ventures, Catholic Health Initiatives and Martin Ventures.

New clients in 2015 include UW Medicine in Seattle, INTEGRIS Health in Oklahoma City, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, University of Iowa Healthcare in Iowa City, Hospital Sisters Health System in Springfield, Ill., and OSF HealthCare in Peoria, Ill.

Consultations by phone or the Internet generally last about 20 minutes and common conditions treated include the common cold, pink eye, cold sore, rash, flu, sore throat and urinary tract infection. When asked, 97 percent of patients say they would use the service again, according to the vendor. Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia now have some type of law to reimburse telemedicine services comparably with in-person visits.

Other recent health information technology news includes:

*Pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck has a new website offering free drug and medical information for clinicians, as well as a layman’s version for consumers with no registration necessary to access content on either site. Physicians also can use the consumer site to electronically send information to patients or have it printed for them to take following a visit. Multimedia features on the site include a daily medical news feed, expert commentary, infographics, a pill identifier and a guide to pronunciation of medical terms, according to the company.

*Payer software vendor HealthTrio has launched “Smart Series” a new set of plug-and-play modules to address a range of insurer technology needs. Payers can implement the suite or just specific modules needed to complement or augment existing information systems, according to the company. The six modules cover an enterprise claims system, HIPAA compliance suite, customized portal for members, providers, employers and brokers; analytics for quality care and cost containment, care management, and a health record and shared care plan to enhance member engagement.

*Cyber security firm Vorstack has re-launched with a new name—Bright Point Security—new leadership and a new product line called Sentinel. The company’s technology enables the sharing of threat data among vendor partners and other organizations and peers. It aids in identifying who is related to attack patterns, geographical location of attacks and scoring of incidents for prioritization to find the few threats that most warrant follow-up.

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