Cerner taps 20+ businesses to support VA's EHR go-live; nThrive seeks merger with athenahealth & more — 11 health IT key notes

Here are 11 recent news updates on major health IT and technology companies:

1. Tech rivals Amazon and Google  invested in Aiva, a startup that uses smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo to connect patients and seniors with their care providers.

2. Evanston, Ill.-based Northshore University HealthSystem's center for personalized medicine rolled out a prostate cancer risk test as part of an ongoing collaboration with Ambry Genetics.

3. Apple added eight more hospitals and clinics to its health records project, including the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City.

4. RCM company nThrive has proposed a merger with athenahealth, the healthcare technology company that's been in talks for months that it may sell itself.

5. Cerner established a team of 24 technology businesses to support its work with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

6. The U.S. Department of the Army intends to award a $80,973 sole-source contract to Fitbit.

7. General Electric replaced John Flannery as its chairman and CEO, in a move that analysts suggest may jeopardize the company's plan to spin off its healthcare unit.

8. Telehealth company MDLive plans to open an office in Chicago in early 2019.

9. Microsoft revealed plans to add healthcare capabilities to its Teams app at "Ignite," the company's annual developer conference in Orlando, Fla.

10. MediSprout  linked its V2MD telehealth platform, which connects physicians and patients through video conferencing, with Amazon's artificial intelligence-powered voice assistant Alexa.

11. SnapMD, a telehealth startup, named Deric Frost its chief revenue officer.

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