Cerner offers buyouts to some employees; IBM's revenue up 1% in 2018 & more — 8 health IT key notes

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

1. Allscripts is offering free pharmacogenomics testing to its employees in the U.S. through a new voluntary program.

2. Johnson & Johnson is set to launch a controlled, multiyear study later this year to see whether the Apple's Series 4 smartwatch can accelerate the diagnosis of a leading cause of stroke.

3. Apple is rumored to be launching the next generation of its AirPods this year, which reportedly will be equipped with health-monitoring features.

4. Cerner confirmed it is offering some employees a "voluntary departure" deal.

5. Google plans to purchase smartwatch technology from American fashion designer Fossil for $40 million.

6. IBM reported $79.6 billion in revenue for 2018, up 1 percent from last year — even as its quarterly revenue continues to decline.

7. Microsoft posted a job opening for a software engineer needed to work on a new project team focused on open source development for healthcare interoperability.

8. Teladoc Health rolled out an online treatment program for back pain, dubbed "Teladoc Back Care."

More articles on health IT:
Facebook backs AI ethics institute with $7.5M
AHA, 6 other hospital groups release interoperability agenda
IBM breaks revenue losing streak with 2018 gain, but continues quarterly slide

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