Athenahealth goes private; Cerner debuts 'longitudinal patient records' & more — 14 health IT key notes

Here are 14 recent news updates on major health IT and technology companies:

1. IBM made its artificial intelligence service, dubbed Watson, available on any cloud environment.

2. Apple hosted its first heart health event in San Francisco.

3. NextGen Healthcare, a healthcare software company focused on the ambulatory setting, said it would integrate its services with Allscripts subsidiary Veradigm to improve connectivity and data exchange with payers and labs.

4. GE Healthcare entered into a strategic collaboration with Decisio Health, a company focused on clinical surveillance and data visualization.

5. Cerner demonstrated new interoperability capabilities it plans to roll out through 2020.

6. InterSystems, a healthcare database software vendor, unveiled a new unified data platform that can operate on popular clouds such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure.

7. American Well debuted the American Well 250 Cart — its first launch of an integrated telemedicine device since merging with Avizia last year.

8. IBM Canada and Canada-based pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim partnered to explore blockchain technology's potential in a clinical trial setting.

9. Change Healthcare now offers free clinical data interoperability services on Amazon's cloud platform, Amazon Web Services, to promote better health outcomes and transparency for patients and clinicians.

10. Salesforce integrated new social determinants of health features to its Salesforce Health Cloud, a patient and member relationship platform for health systems.

11. Private equity firm Veritas Capital and Elliott Management-affiliate Evergreen Coast Capital completed their acquisition of athenahealth for approximately $5.7 billion in cash.

12. Google Cloud entered into a partnership with Flywheel to provide clinical researchers with cloud technology for medical imaging research.

13. Fitbit debuted a new activity and sleep tracker, dubbed Inspire, that's only available to people whose health plan or employer is signed up as a Fitbit customer.

14. Cerner unveiled its new artificial intelligence tool, Chart Assist, designed to reduce physician burnout.

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