Apple's latest health hire; Fitbit launches platform for health systems, payers & more — 9 health IT key notes

Here are nine recent news updates on health IT companies:

1. Apple's latest addition to its health team is M. Osman Akhtar, COO of the nonprofit hospital network Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services.

2. Nephi, Utah-based Central Valley Medical Center and Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Sansum Clinic are among the five most recent hospitals to join Apple's health records project.

3. Shares of athenahealth dropped 11 percent after a report revealed Paul Singer's activist firm Elliott Management rescinded its $160-a-share takeover bid for the cloud-based health technology company.

4. Cerner President Zane Burke, who revealed plans to step down from the company in November, sold 283,539 shares of the company's stock in a transaction dated Sept. 11.

5. Fitbit unveiled a connected health platform on its new Fitbit Plus app, which integrates health coaching, activity tracking and virtual care services to help users manage chronic conditions.

6. IBM launched a new service to give businesses transparency into how artificial intelligence makes decisions, in a move the company says is a "major step in breaking open the black box of AI."

7. A prominent lawyer known for representing employees of tech giants filed a lawsuit Sept. 17 on behalf of three IBM employees who claim the company discriminated against their age when it fired them.

8. Meditech launched an app development environment, dubbed Greenfield, Sept. 18.

9. PatientPing named Epic's former division head of population health Sagnik Bhattacharya as its new head of payer and provider initiatives.

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