Epic adds Nuance's virtual assistant; Allscripts launches new EHR & more — 13 health IT keynotes

Here are 13 recent news updates on health IT companies.

1. Epic has equipped its EHRs with Nuance Communications' new artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistant technology.

2. Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic is partnering with Epic to offer care plans and patient-facing content through Epic's MyChart Virtual Care within the MyChart mobile app.

3. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society acquired Healthbox, one of the world's first digital health accelerators, which will now function as a wholly owned subsidiary of HIMSS.

4. Kyruus, a provider of healthcare search and scheduling solutions, is joining forces with IBM.

5. Allscripts is launching the industry's first EHR equipped with machine learning, dubbed Avenel.

6. Hewlett-Packard unveiled a suite of healthcare devices March 5 designed to address the various needs of healthcare providers, including enhancing patient safety, smarter workflows and telemedicine capabilities.

7. Cerner is adding Salesforce's health and marketing clouds to its big data platform, HealtheIntent, to support enhanced consumer and provider engagement.

8. Philips, focusing on integration, interoperability, internet of things devices and artificial intelligence, is expanding its product portfolio.

9. drchrono and Ambra Health joined forces to help physicians and radiologists access medical imaging within their EHRs.

10. Google's cloud business is trying to do for medical records what it does for online searches: organize the many, scattered data for easier access and use.

11. 23andMe, a direct-to-consumer genetic testing company, will roll out expanded ancestry tests that assess customers against more than 150 populations and regions.

12. Microsoft launched genomic processing services on Azure, the company's cloud computing service, in the U.S., Western Europe and Southeast Asia Feb. 28.

13. Epic approved Healthwise's patient education app for its App Orchard.

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