2 Epic go-lives, 2 Cerner contracts; GE Healthcare to provide EMR for 2016 Olympic Games; Allscripts takes on population health — 14 health IT key notes

Here are 14 recent news updates on key health IT companies.

1. Health IT company McKesson plans to sell some of its ambulatory software technology assets to e-MDs, an ambulatory software services provider.

2. As the world's athletes prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, GE Healthcare is preparing for its role as the official EMR provider for the event. 

3. MedPower, a cloud-hosted, software-as-a-service solution company, partnered with McKesson to launch eLearning services.

4. IBM Watson partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City on a project to analyze oncology-related patient medical records to glean insights for cancer treatment.

5. A new partnership between Allscripts and Garmin will integrate Garmin's wearable devices with Allscripts' population health platforms to address population health management concerns.

6. Through a new partnership with AssistRx, providers using Allscripts' EHR can speed up the process of enrolling patients in specialty drug therapy programs.

7. Dr. John Warner Hospital in Clinton, Ill., will implement MEDITECH's Medical and Practice Management solution.

8. The Mississippi Department of Medicaid is now able to exchange clinical data in real-time with the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson using the Epic EHR.

9. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, based in Houston, rolled out the Epic EHR on March 4.

10. McKesson has agreed to acquire Canadian pharmacy chain Rexall Health from Katz Group for approximately $2.2 billion USD.

11. Catholic Health Initiatives, headquartered in Englewood, Colo., plans to expand its use of Allscripts' patient engagement solutions from the ambulatory setting to its acute care settings. 

12. Marlton, N.J.-based Virtua Health System plans to go live on the Epic EHR in two phases over the next two years.

13. Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Idaho, considered Cerner, Epic and MEDITECH when on the hunt for a new EHR, but ultimately chose Cerner's system.

14. Dignity Health, based in San Francisco, is expanding its agreement with Cerner to implement the company's ambulatory EHR.

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