5 most popular health IT stories in August

Here are the five most-read health IT stories from Becker's Hospital Review in August, beginning with the most popular:

1. Northwestern lays off 60 IT workers after Epic EHR rollout

Northwestern Medicine in Chicago is laying off 60 IT staffers after it launched a new health records system in March.

2. Apple is hiring for its new health clinics

AC Wellness, Apple's concierge health and wellness clinics for its Bay Area employees, recently hired more than 40 people.

3. Cerner to take over IT department at Texas hospital

Cerner will take over the IT department at Medical Center Health System in Odessa, Texas, under an agreement the Ector County Hospital District board of directors that was approved Aug. 16.

4. UnitedHealth a 2nd-round bidder for athenahealth

UnitedHealth Group is reportedly one of the second-round bidders to express interest in acquiring athenahealth, following activist investor Elliott Management's unsolicited takeover bid in May.

5. Central Maine Healthcare CEO says EHR woes contributed to high physician turnover

Eighty physicians left Lewistown-based Central Maine Healthcare during its past fiscal year, but CEO Jeff Brickman thinks the issue stems from something other than leadership: the health system's new EHR.

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