2 Epic contracts; Island Health to 'persevere' through Cerner implementation; Apple promoting organ donation among iPhone users — 4 health IT key notes

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

1. Apple, which forged ties to healthcare with its motivation behind the Apple Watch, will be strengthening those ties in the coming months as the company promotes organ donation among iPhone users.

2. Vancouver Island Health Authority in British Columbia, Canada, will continue forward with implementing a Cerner EHR despite safety concerns from physicians.

3. Google has partnered with the National Health Service — the United Kingdom's governmental health service — to find better ways of detecting various eye conditions.

4. Riverview Health in Noblesville, Ind., and Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., selected Epic's EHR.

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