5 most popular health IT stories in April 2018

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Here are the top five most-read health IT stories from April, beginning with the most popular.

1. Lawsuit: Apple under fire over its smartwatch's heart sensor — 6 things to know

In an April 6 lawsuit, health technology startup Omni MedSci alleged Apple infringed on four of its patents to develop the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor.

2. Epic proposes support dogs to ease go-live stress in April Fools' Day prank

Epic restructured its home page April 1 to advertise an unconventional resource to promote staff well-being — IT support dogs.

3. 75-year-old physician, Chicagoland hospital part ways over new EMR

A 75-year-old obstetrician at Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based St. Alexius Medical Center is hanging up his hospital coat after refusing to take classes to learn the hospital's new medical records system.

4. Apple's health records beta feature now available at 39 health systems

Apple expanded its iPhone's Health Records feature pilot to nearly 40 health systems across the U.S., including New York City-based NYU Langone Health, Stanford (Calif.) Medicine and San Diego-based Scripps Health, the company announced March 29.

5. CMS renames 'meaningful use' to 'promoting interoperability' and changes ensue

In its latest Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System rule change announced April 24, CMS renamed its meaningful use program again in an attempt to reflect its emphasis on achieving interoperability.

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