Amazon, Meditech release Q3 earnings results; Cerner to pursue more government contracts & more — 15 health IT key notes

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Here are 15 recent news updates on health IT companies.

1. Allscripts CEO Paul Black urged the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to focus on providing the nation's veterans with the high-quality, interoperable healthcare in a company blog post Oct. 30.

2. Amazon's net sales increased 34 percent to $43.7 billion in the third quarter, compared with $32.7 billion one year prior, according to the company's third quarter financial results released Oct. 26.

3. American Well named Harry Kim its senior vice president of strategic partnerships, the company announced Oct. 26.

4. Cerner released financial results for its third quarter, which ended Sept. 30. The company posted $1.28 billion in revenue, an 8 percent increase from the third quarter of 2016.

5. Cerner President Zane Burke noted during an Oct. 26 earnings call the company plans to pursue additional EHR contracts at a range of government agencies.

6. Drchrono unveiled a specialty EHR for urgent care practices Oct. 26.

7. Epic approved DocASAP, an appointment scheduling solution provider, for the App Orchard, DocASAP announced Oct. 24.

8. General Electric released its third quarter earnings results Oct. 20, posting $33.47 billion in revenue.

9. General Electric is reportedly exploring divesting its healthcare and transportation businesses, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

10. A team of researchers from Boston-based Harvard Medical School, Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital and IBM Research developed a risk score to predict patient outcomes after cirrhosis-related admissions.

11. IBM elected Joseph R. Swedish and Frederick H. Waddell to its board of directors, effective immediately, the company announced Oct. 30.

12. Leidos, a Reston, Va.-based science and technology company, appointed Rob Thomas II as vice president for strategic accounts and government relations, the company announced Oct. 30.

13. One Drop, a digital health company focused on diabetes care management, entered into a data sharing collaboration with Fitbit, the company announced Oct. 31.

14. Meditech released financial results for the third quarter, noting a 33 percent jump in product revenue during the course of one year.

15. Zocdoc, an online scheduling service for healthcare organizations, introduced Zocdoc Insurance Checker to help patients verify their plan details Oct. 24.

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