Athenahealth has at least 5 potential bidders; Epic expects its energy demand to double by 2028 & more — 8 health IT key notes

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

1. Allscripts expanded the senior leadership team for its payer and life sciences division with four new additions.

2. Apple and medical device company Zimmer Biomet launched a new smartwatch app — and an associated clinical study — to support postoperative recovery for hip and knee replacement patients.

3. Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill are studying how well Apple's smartwatch can help manage and track eating disorders.

4. At least five private equity firms reportedly are expressing interest in acquiring athenahealth, with some bidders offering more than $135 per share.

5. Doctor On Demand made three new appointments to its senior leadership team.

6. Epic will pay up to $10.3 million to help cover the total cost of a $21 million substation and high-voltage power line in Verona to help meet its growing energy needs.

7. Google says its new artificial intelligence algorithm can detect the spread of breast cancer — but the company is taking pains to highlight that the tool is meant to assist, not replace, human pathologists.

8. IBM reported $18.8 billion in revenue for the third quarter of 2018, down 2 percent from the same period last year — halting the company's recent pattern of revenue growth.

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