Accenture, Microsoft create blockchain ID network; Epic teams up with Baxter, Mediware & more — 12 health IT key notes

Here are 12 recent news updates on health IT companies.

Accenture and Microsoft presented a blockchain-based digital identification program prototype at the United Nations headquarters in New York City June 19.

CipherHealth, a software service healthcare provider, incorporated IBM Power Systems infrastructure to streamline its patient engagement platform.

Facebook will join forces with Grand Circus, a Detroit-based education firm focused on computer coding, to sponsor free training programs across Michigan.

Fitbit is pivoting from the fitness segment to the medical market. The company is reportedly building a monitor to aid in the diagnosis of sleep apnea.

Google added "confidential, personal medical records of private people" to its removal policy, signaling the company's first step to eliminating sensitive health information from its search results.

Baxter International teamed up with Epic to integrate its DoseEdge Pharmacy Workflow Manager with the Epic Willow Inpatient Pharmacy System to improve pharmacy safety and efficiency.

Epic entered into an agreement with Mediware Information Systems, a provider of blood management and cellular therapy software applications.

Headspace, an app focused on guided meditation, named former Twitter executive Ross Hoffman its first chief business officer.

IBM will build an artificial intelligence supercomputing system for the U.S. Air Force Research Lab.

Medtronic — a Dublin, Ireland-based medical technology company with operational headquarters in Minneapolis — is working to bring its IT systems back online after a global computer outage affected multiple Medtronic systems.

Omada Health, a digital health company in San Francisco, laid off roughly 20 of its 250 employees just after raising $50 million in its most recent round of funding.

Royal Philips upgraded its Xplore application, a web-based informatics platform that aims to accelerate drug research for personalized medicine.

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