Apple to relay location data for 911 calls; IBM Watson Health downsizes its work with hospitals & more — 12 health IT key notes

Here are 12 recent news updates on health IT companies:

1. Allscripts Healthcare Solutions is working with Israeli patient safety solutions developer MedAware to provide medication-related decision support at the point of care, MedAware confirmed June 19.

2. Athenahealth recently teamed up with the Therapeutic Research Center, or TRC Healthcare, to offer medication therapy clinical resources and advisory articles to its Epocrates mobile application users.

3. Apple plans to release an update later this year allowing all iPhone users who dial 911 to automatically share their location data with first responders, the company announced June 18.

4. CynergisTek ranked as the No. 1 cybersecurity firm based on advisory, technical and managed services capabilities, according to a recent KLAS Research report.

5. DrChrono incorporated credit card processing services from Square into its EHR platform to streamline patient payments, DrChrono confirmed June 19.

6. Six current and former Fitbit employees have been formally charged with stealing trade secrets from Jawbone, a rival fitness tracking company.

7. Google is reportedly expanding Medical Digital Assist, an early-stage research project that aims to bring artificial intelligence to physician offices.

8. IBM Watson Health leadership reportedly told employees June 13 it plans to refocus its business strategy, which includes cutting down on its work with hospital clients.

9. Inspirata acquired health analytics provider Caradigm from GE Healthcare, the oncology diagnostics workflow solutions company announced June 13.

10. Outcome Health hired Matt McNally of Publicis Health as CEO, concluding its monthslong search June 14.

11. Amsterdam-based Royal Philips acquired Basingstoke, U.K.-based Remote Diagnostic Technologies to build out its resuscitation and emergency care portfolio, Philips confirmed June 13.

12. Virta Health, Babylon and Freenome ranked among The Wall Street Journal's annual list of the top 25 Tech Companies to Watch.

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