Amazon triples profits in Q1 & 12 other health IT key notes

From partnerships to acquisitions to lawsuits, here's the latest roundup of stories about health IT companies, including Google, Amazon and Cerner.

  1. Amazon posted more than $8 billion in profit for the first quarter of 2021, as it continues rapidly diversifying into other industries like healthcare.

  2. Online prescription discount company GoodRx closed its acquisition of health information and consumer resources platform HealthiNation.

  3. CVS Health unveiled its new $100 million venture fund, which will fund projects and innovations from digital healthcare and tech companies.

  4. Google Cloud launched a call center with virtual agents to assist callers in 28 languages to address COVID-19 questions and share the data with public health agencies.

  5. Cerner was recognized as the top-rated inpatient EHR vendor for integrated hospital and health systems for the second consecutive year, a Black Book report found.

  6. Google announced plans to establish a certification program for health insurance advertisers in the U.S.

  7. Cerner and Athenahealth's appeal of a patent for CliniComp's healthcare management system failed to pass in the federal circuit's patent office.

  8. Uber and Walgreens partnered so that people can book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Walgreens and schedule a ride to it all within Uber's app.

  9. Cerner built on its life insurance industry initiatives by teaming up with the MIB Group, which provides data-driven underwriting services to life insurance companies.

  10. AliveCor, a cardiology-focused medical device company, filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission alleging Apple infringed three of its ECG technology patents.

  11. Google committed $250 million in advertising grants to government and public health organizations to fund 2.5 billion vaccine-related public service announcements.

  12. Adobe teamed up with several healthcare players including Walgreens and Change Healthcare to support their digital health and cloud platform services.

  13. A lawsuit seeking class-action status alleged that Google's COVID-19 contact tracing tool exposed system logs of millions of users' protected health information to potentially hundreds of third parties.

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