18,000 head to Epic's UGM this week; athenahealth introduces daily news, data hub; Cerner heads to McLeod Health — 11 health IT keynotes

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Here are 11 recent news updates on key health IT companies.

1. McKesson released the latest version of its pharmacy management solution, Pharmaserv 7.5.

2. Athenahealth launched athenaInsight, a daily news and data hub focusing on healthcare in the United States.

3. Epic Systems' is hosting its annual Users Group Meeting this week, and close to 18,000 people gathered at the vendor's headquarters in Verona, Wis., to share experiences with Epic's platform.

4. Surescripts is offering EHR vendors free access to its National Record Locator Service until 2019, and eClinicalWorks, Epic and NextGen Healthcare are among those that plan to offer the capability to users.

5. Apple hired a Toronto-based physician to help develop healthcare messaging.               

6. Brooklyn, N.Y.-based NYU Lutheran Medical Center launched its Epic EHR.

7. Florence, S.C.-based McLeod Health, which provides care for more than 1 million residents, will transition its seven acute hospitals and 90 ambulatory care centers to Cerner's health IT suite.

8. Flint Waters, the state of Wyoming's CIO, will step down from his position to join Alphabet's Google unit.

9. McKesson introduced the McKesson Intelligence Hub, a platform that enables interoperability among healthcare applications.

10. Omaha-based Nebraska Medicine plans to implement Epic's Healthy Planet, the vendor's population health platform.

11. IBM has inked a deal with Japan's largest bank to develop smart contracts that automate business transactions using blockchain technology.

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