Apple seeks software engineer with psych experience; Canadian health minister launches probe into Cerner EHR project & more — 10 health IT key notes

Here are 10 recent news updates on health IT companies.

1. Allscripts launched an initiative to bring real-time pricing information into prescribing workflows.

2. Sixty-eight percent of administrators and clinicians using the McKesson Paragon EHR don't believe Allscripts' acquisition of the company will improve or worsen the EHR system, according to a KLAS Research report.

3. Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic now offers first aid advice through Amazon's digital voice assistant, Alexa.

4. Apple seeks a software engineer with a background in counseling or psychology to help design functions for its digital voice assistant, Siri.

5. British Columbia, Canada, Minister of Health Adrian Dix ordered a second independent review of a controversial Cerner EHR implementation at Vancouver Island Health Authority.

6. Tacoma, Wash.-based Madigan Army Medical Center will go live on the U.S. Department of Defense's Cerner-based EHR system, called MHS Genesis, Oct. 21.

7. Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic developed an online symptoms assessment tool for patients to access through Epic's patient portal, MyChart.

8. Epic and Doximity, a social network for U.S. physicians and advanced practice clinicians, joined forces to improve patient-provider communication.

9. Many IT industry leaders rank IBM's blockchain technology the strongest, with more than four in 10 placing the company in first place, according to a Juniper Research report.

10. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration permitted the startup Pear Therapeutics to market the first medical app aiding in the treatment of substance use disorders.

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13% of McKesson Paragon EHR clients reconsider switch after Allscripts acquisition, KLAS finds

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