AMA, Google team up on interoperability challenge; Theranos lays off 80% of workforce & more — 12 health IT key notes

Here are 12 recent news updates on health IT companies.

1. Boston-based CarePort Health assumed management of Allscripts' Care Management solution and services portfolio April 10.

2. Health technology startup Omni MedSci filed a lawsuit April 6 against Apple, claiming the tech giant infringed on four of its patents to develop the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor.

3. Jellyfish Health joined the athenahealth marketplace under its "More Disruption Please" program, the patient engagement solutions provider confirmed April 5.

4. Doctor On Demand teamed up with Change Healthcare to enable physicians to order lab work based on their patients' locations, Change Healthcare confirmed April 9.

5. Roche closed on its acquisition of oncology EHR vendor Flatiron Health, the Swiss pharmaceutical and diagnostics company confirmed April 6.

6. The American Medical Association launched a Google-sponsored challenge to motivate companies to discover new applications for mobile health technology, the professional society announced April 9.

7. Evanston, Ill.-based Northshore University HealthSystem entered into a development partnership with direct-to-consumer genomics company Helix, the organizations announced April 10.

8. Netsmart entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Change Healthcare's home care and hospice businesses, Netsmart confirmed April 6.

9. PatientPing recently expanded its "Stories" offering nationwide to improve care coordination in the emergency and inpatient settings.

10. Theranos, a healthcare technology company focused on blood testing, recently laid off about 80 percent of its workforce to avoid bankruptcy for a few more months.

11. Zocdoc is now available in Epic's App Orchard marketplace, the online scheduling service provider announced April 10.

12. Anne Wojcicki, CEO and co-founder of 23andMe, fired back at critics who argue patients must work with physicians to interpret direct-to-consumer genetic test results in a recent op-ed for STAT.

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