Cerner partners with Uber Health & 12 other health IT notes

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

1. Suki, an artificial intelligence, voice-enabled digital assistant for physicians, will serve as a clinical digital assistant partner to Google Cloud.

2. A federal court granted approval Oct. 25 to Quest Diagnostics to settle a class-action lawsuit that stemmed from a 2016 data breach for $195,000.

3. As part of Microsoft's Project Hanover, biomedical researchers from the Jackson Laboratory are refining an artificial intelligence tool that "reads" medical documents to inform the development of precision cancer treatments.

4. University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Cardinal Health and Amazon Web Services are partnering with Virtusa, an IT and digital health solutions provider, to use artificial intelligence techniques in medical research.

5. Vively Health, a home-based primary care provider for patients with multiple chronic conditions, will implement a Cerner EHR and population health management platform.

6. Google's parent company, Alphabet, made a bid to purchase Fitbit, a source confirmed with CNBC Oct. 28.

7. Facebook rolled out a new healthcare feature Oct. 28 that allows users to find nearby physicians and clinics as well as set reminders for appointments.

8. Cerner will integrate Uber Health's non-emergency transportation services with its EHR platforms to help reduce barriers to patient care.

9. In a partnership with R3, Accenture plans to create a blockchain-based settlement system that will empower faster, more efficient, reliable and secure payments.

10. Cerner reported $1.43 billion in revenue for the third quarter of 2019, which ended Sept. 28.

11. Amazon reported its third-quarter earnings on Oct. 24, showing its first drop in year-over-year net income in two years, according to MarketWatch, even as overall revenue grew 24 percent.

12. Verily has partnered with the VA Palo Alto (Calif.) Health Care System and Newton, Mass.-based Atrius Health to develop data-driven solutions to challenges in population health and care delivery, the Alphabet life sciences subsidiary announced Oct. 24.

13. Microsoft reported double-digit year-over-year increases in revenue, earnings and operating income for the quarter ended Sept. 30, according to an Oct. 23 earnings release.

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Alphabet reportedly makes bid to acquire Fitbit
MemorialCare joins $16M funding for care process automation platform
OSF Ventures invests in healthcare data analytics startup

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