In today’s Bulldog update of technology news: NC Research Campus loses second leader; Medfusion launchs app to simplify health records; ARCA named a top 100 global provider in FinTech; Russell Simmons to headline Internet Summit.

Clyde Higgs stepping down at NC Research Campus

Clyde Higgs, executive vice president of operations and business development for Castle & Cooke, North Carolina/the NC Research Campus (NCRC), is stepping down this month to become the chief executive officer of Atlanta Beltline, a multi-billion dollar economic development project in Georgia.

Higgs is the second top leader to leave the campus this year. In May, Higgs replaced Lynne Scott Safrit, who resigned as president of the Kannapolis development.

Higgs joined the NCRC in 2006. In his nine years of leadership at the NCRC, he led the economic development recruitment of the campus’ 20 partners, which include major universities as well as international food companies like General Mills. He witnessed the campus’ employment base grow from a handful of employees to a research center with over 1,000 jobs associated with it.

Cary-based Medfusion launches new app

Medfusion says its new app, launching today, provides patients with a one-stop place for all their medical records called Medfusion Plus.

For decades, if patients wanted access to their medical records, they had to request and pay for a paper copy, which could take several days if not weeks. With the advent of portals, patients gained electronic access to certain portions of their medical records as created at the individual provider level, but this information was never available all in one place.

The app is available from Google Play or the Apple App store, it includes laboratory results, immunizations, medication lists, allergies, as well as appointments.

Mebane-based ARCA named a top global Fintech provider

ARCA, which develops cash automation technology for banks, retail locations and self-service kiosks, has ranked #75 on the 2015 IDC Financial Insights FinTech Rankings.

The annual IDC FI FinTech Rankings, the most comprehensive vendor ranking within the financial services industry, is based on 2014 calendar year revenues attributed to financial institutions.  

“Businesses around the world are beginning to realize the tremendous efficiency advantages that cash automation brings to the table,” said Mort O’Sullivan, ARCA’s Founder and CEO. “We help our customers navigate the complexities of automation and develop internal processes that allow them to positively impact their bottom line.  Being ranked on this list is a confirmation that ARCA is at the forefront of automation technology, providing a tremendous value to financial institutions.”

Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam records, to headline at Internet Summit

tRussell Simmons to headline over 75 digital thought leaders participating in this year’s Internet Summit in Raleigh Nov. 18-19. Simmons — who you probably know as the Co-Founder of Def Jam Records — has been an iconic entrepreneurial leader for more than four decades. He’s also founded ArgyleCulture and, written a string of bestselling books on business leadership and healthy living, and is a humanitarian and mentor whose life’s work has left an indelible mark on our culture.

If you register for the event by Friday for an All Access pass and you get a chance to win a meet & greet with Simmons Nov. 19. See: