Allscripts to acquire Practice Fusion for $100M; Cerner names Neal Patterson's replacement & more — 19 health IT keynotes

Here are 19 recent news updates on health IT companies.

1. Allscripts entered into a definitive agreement to acquire San Francisco-based EHR provider Practice Fusion for $100 million in cash, the company confirmed Jan. 8.

2. American Well entered into an agreement with Royal Philips to embed its mobile telehealth services into an array of Philips solutions, the companies announced Jan. 8.

3. Nearly six months after Cerner CEO and Chairman Neal Patterson lost an ongoing battle with cancer, the company has appointed Brent Shafer to the executive role, effective Feb. 1.

4. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, MD, delayed awarding the agency's EHR contract to Cerner following a December meeting with company executives.

5. Change Healthcare launched an enterprise-scale blockchain to help hospitals and payers track healthcare claims submissions, the company announced Jan. 8.

6. Cityblock Health, a 2017 spinout of Google's parent company Alphabet, raised $20.8 million during its first round of funding.

7. Samarth Kulkarni, CEO of CRISPR Therapeutics, brushed aside concerns about CRISPR's effectiveness raised in a research paper released Jan. 5.

8. eClinicalWorks rolled out its voice-activated virtual assistant, dubbed "Eva," in December.

9. Epic approved Kyruus to participate in its online marketplace, the Boston-based provider search and scheduling solutions startup confirmed Jan. 9.

10. Fitbit recently invested $6 million into Sano, a startup developing a coin-sized patch that tracks blood glucose levels.

11. GE Healthcare partnered with Roche to develop a clinical decision support solution focused on personalized cancer and critical care, the companies announced Jan. 8.

12. MDLive selected Rich Berner to serve as CEO, the telemedicine provider confirmed Jan. 5.

13. Meditech entered into an agreement with Arcadia Healthcare Solutions to integrate information from various data sources into its EHR and analytics solutions, Meditech confirmed Jan. 9.

14. Microsoft joined forces with Adaptive Biotechnologies, a Seattle-based biotech company, to map the human immune system, according to a Jan. 4 Microsoft blog post.

15. Illinois recently suspended a tax credit agreement with Chicago-based tech and advertising startup Outcome Health.

16. Wayne Grodsky will join the executive team at Specialists on Call as chief growth officer, the company announced Jan. 8.

17. Teladoc unveiled the commercial rollout of its updated mobile app, which integrates services from its recent acquisition, Best Doctors, the company confirmed Jan. 9.

18. Teladoc reported $232 million in total revenues for 2017, according to preliminary unaudited financial results released Jan. 8.

19. Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic entered into an agreement with Veritas Genetics to integrate whole-genome sequencing into clinical care, the DNA sequencing company confirmed Jan. 8.

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