Cigna, Sentara join Aetna, IBM's blockchain ecosystem; Google's 4 latest interoperability partnerships & more — 12 health IT key notes

Here are 12 recent news updates on major health IT and technology companies:

1. Microsoft outlined how emerging technologies can support diagnosis of rare diseases among children in a new report.

2. MDLive, a telehealth platform provider, selected Dan Monahan to serve as CFO and COO.

3. Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian said he plans to expand the business' sales team to better compete in the cloud-computing market.

4. Facebook is working to develop its own artificial intelligence chips in a move to compete against other technology giants such as Amazon and Google.

5. Google plans to purchase Alooma, a data migration company, to offer customers a streamlined and automated migration experience to its cloud platform.

6. Human API, a consumer-centric health data network, received $10 million in funding to expand its data infrastructure and machine learning capabilities.

7. Paige.AI has named Leo Grady, PhD, its CEO and added him as a member of its board of directors.

8. Google Cloud formed partnerships with four organizations in support of the tech giant's commitment to healthcare interoperability.

9. Google Cloud said it will soon make a data set of "synthetic" patient data available to developers.

10. The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., is embarking upon a three-year partnership with IBM Watson Health to develop predictive algorithms for cardiovascular diseases.

11. Google may be developing a service that lets physicians fax medical information to its cloud storage platform Google Drive.

12. Cigna and Norfolk, Va.-based Sentara Healthcare are the latest organizations to join IBM's collaborative blockchain project designed to improve transparency and interoperability in the healthcare space.

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