Allscripts sells stake in Netsmart for $525M; Apple hires CEO of medication adherence app & more — 8 health IT key notes

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Here are eight recent news updates on major health IT and technology companies:

1. Allscripts plans to sell its stake in Netsmart, a developer of behavioral health, human services and post-acute care technologies, for over $500 million.

2. Amazon teamed up with healthcare products developer Omron Healthcare to build out a first-of-its-kind blood pressure skill for its voice assistant Alexa.

3. Apple's smartwatch added two features OK'd for medical use, thanks to an update the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech maker released Dec. 6.

4. Apple picked up Jason Oberfest, CEO of medication tracker startup Mango Health, in its latest healthcare hire.

5. In more Apple news, a recently awarded patent suggests the company is looking to add health-monitoring features to its wireless earbuds, AirPods.

6. Nurx, a telemedicine startup based in San Francisco, now offers direct-to-consumer HPV testing kits.

7. Teladoc Health refuted a report that claims its CFO engaged in an inappropriate relationship with an employee.

8. T-Mobile will provide 70,000 lines of wireless service to Veterans Affairs Department physicians, nurses, social workers and crisis hotline staff to expand veterans' access to health services.

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