Business briefs, April 2

Apr. 01, 2014 @ 07:17 PM

CoreLogic: Durham-Chapel home prices up in February

IRVINE, Calif. – Durham-Chapel area home prices, including sales of distressed properties, rose 9.2 percent in February compared with the same month a year ago, according to CoreLogic.

The California-based property information, analytics and data services provider also reported that home prices were up 1.5 percent in the month compared with January.

“As the spring home-buying season kicks off, house price appreciation continues to be strong,” Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic, said in a statement. “Although prices should remain strong in the near term due to a short supply of homes on the market, price increases should moderate over the next year as home equity releases pent-up supply.”

UNC Health Care launching new online system

CHAPEL HILL – UNC Health Care expects to take its new electronic information system Epic@UNC live on Friday.

The new system is launching first at UNC Hospitals, Chatham Hospital, UNC Faculty Physicians and UNC Physicians Network West, according to information presented to UNC Health Care system board members in mid-March. The system is slated to go live for another wave of providers, including Rex in Wake County, in June.

The system will combine information technology system functions including scheduling, registration and patient accounting.

System leaders first chose the system in November 2012, and have done testing prior to the launch. According to the information from the UNC Health Care board meeting, five rounds of testing identified and corrected 1,450 errors.

In the first week, system leaders expect to see users who are overwhelmed, as well as have hardware not working as expected, and users unable to log in. They have a command center set-up, however, where they will direct “critical and high-priority issues.”