Cerner inks partnership with Amazon Web Services & 9 other health IT notes

Here's the latest roundup of stories about health IT companies, including Amazon, Cerner and Outcome Health.

1. Department of Defense will go live on its Cerner EHR system Sept. 7 at four bases in California and Idaho, with another seven bases scheduled to deploy the system next June.

2. OSF Ventures, the corporate investment arm of Peoria, Ill.-based OSF HealthCare, launched a second venture capital fund on July 25.

3. The University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville partnered with Apple to provide its patients with access to their health records via an iPhone app.

4. Louisville, Ky.-based accelerator XLerateHealth selected nine startup companies to joint its 2019 Louisville accelerator cohort.

5. Cerner named Amazon Web Services its preferred cloud provider in a move that will increase the EHR vendor's analytics and machine learning services to help drive its clinical and business insights.

6. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browser extensions were used to extract and sell users' personal information from more than 50 companies, including EHR providers DrChrono and Kareo.

7. Outcome Health and its former executives committed fraud for years to secure around $500 million in funding, the FBI claims in an affidavit that was unsealed July 24.

8. Amazon released its second-quarter earnings on July 25, showing a double-digit year-over-year increase in revenue.

9. In addition to realigning the company around its new platform's operating model introduced in January, Cerner has set its sights on three key areas to define its strategic framework "over the next several years," according to CEO Brent Shafer.

10. AliveCor, a startup company focused on building smartphone apps and devices that monitor users' heart rhythm, selected Priya Abani to serve as CEO.

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