Apple brings ECG to its watch; 23andMe posts 80 job openings & more — 9 health IT key notes

Here are nine recent news updates on health IT companies:

1. Apple Watch Series 4 will include an electrocardiogram sensor to alert users to whether  their heart rhythm is irregular, Apple COO Jeff Williams said during the company's Apple Event Sept. 12.

2. Mercy Technology Services, the IT arm of Aurora, Mo.-based Mercy health system, launched a cloud-hosted imaging software solution.

3. Andrew Moore, PhD, dean of the school of computer science at Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Mellon University, will leave his role at the university at the end of 2018 to head up Google Cloud's artificial intelligence efforts full-time.

4. 23andMe posted 80 job openings on its website, offering insight into the direct-to-consumer DNA testing company's focus and areas for growth.

5. Cerner President Zane Burke will step down from his post at the company Nov. 2.

6. rolled out an Android app to help consumers manage property rights for their personal data — starting with their healthcare information. .

7. At Epic's 2018 annual meeting in August, Nuance and Epic demonstrated how  conversational artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistant capabilities can support ambient clinical documentation within Epic apps.

8. Four more hospitals have signed on to Apple's health records project.

9. Bain Capital and Elliott Management have teamed up as the frontrunner to acquire athenahealth.

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