9 most interesting health IT partnerships this week

Hospitals and health systems teamed up with health IT companies, startups and telehealth organizations this week to develop new initiatives, technologies and innovative projects.

Here are nine of the most interesting health IT partnerships, collaborations and acquisitions reported by Becker's Hospital Review this week.

  1. O'Fallon, Ill.-based HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital partnered with Gozio Health to develop a wayfinding app for patients.
  1. CMS will share its data analytics tools and best practices for preventing medical claims fraud, waste and abuse with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  
  1. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Medopad, a London-based digital health company.
  1. Apple teamed up with multiple health systems and EHR vendors to integrate patient health records into its Health app.
  1. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the United Health Foundation launched a project to expand access to data analytics training. 
  1. Phoenix-based Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona recently rolled out its BlueCare Anywhere telehealth program to qualifying members. The BlueCare Anywhere program operates through an agreement with telehealth vendor American Well, which connects members to physicians through Amwell, its direct-to-consumer platform. 
  1. HHS granted its $207 million Next Generation IT Services contract to five IT contractors, including CSRA, NuAxis Innovations, Leidos, ActionNet and SAIC.
  1. Novant Health and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, both based in Winston-Salem, N.C., introduced a collaborative effort to share patient information with one another.
  1. Change Healthcare recently acquired National Decision Support Co.

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