Amazon reportedly expands into healthcare; athenahealth focused on 'metamorphosis' & more — 17 health IT key notes

Here are 17 recent news updates on health IT companies.

AliveCor joined forces with Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic to develop an IT solution to screen for long QT syndrome, a heart rhythm disorder that often leads to sudden cardiac death.

Allscripts will collaborate with Conversa, an automated patient conversation platform, to improve its patient engagement and care coordination services.

Amazon reportedly launched a secret healthcare team to explore new technology opportunities in the industry, including hardware and software projects.

Amazon also reportedly hired a healthcare executive from Box, a cloud-based file sharing service, suggesting the company's decision to further invest in digital health.

Athenahealth released its second quarter earnings results for fiscal year 2017, reporting $301 million in revenue.

In a conference call to discuss athenahealth's earnings, CEO Jonathan Bush said the company is focused on an "intense crisis level of reconstruction." 

Change Healthcare joined a consortium of healthcare companies led by blockchain startup Hashed Health.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted the Israeli digital health company DarioHealth Corp. pre-market notification 510(k) clearance for its app on certain Android smartphones.

IBM released its second quarter earnings results for fiscal year 2017, reporting $19.3 billion in total revenue.

IBM also expanded its global cloud footprint with four new data centers to help its clients access cloud infrastructure for applications like artificial intelligence, blockchain and Internet of Things.

Intel reportedly cut a smartwatch and fitness-tracker group earlier this month.

Meditech plans to deploy CommonWell Health Alliance's interoperability services in early 2018.

Microsoft released its fourth quarter earnings results for 2017, posting $89.95 billion in revenue.

Nuance Communications, a voice and language solutions provider, said the global cyberattack in June will hurt its third quarter earnings.

Royal Philips posted its second quarter earnings results for 2017, reporting €4.3 billion ($5 billion) in sales.

Surescripts, a national health information network, added 14 new health systems to its National Record Locator Service, bring the total number of health systems in the network to 28.

The private equity firm KKR & Co. declared its intent to purchase WebMD Health Corp. for $2.8 billion.

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