Epic and athenahealth named leaders in portal adoption, NextGen Healthcare launches population health tool and Vocera launches Apple Watch app — 9 key notes on health IT companies

Here are nine recent news updates on key companies in health IT.

1. Health information systems provider NextGen Healthcare launched NextGen Care, a population health and care management solution.

2. Technology powerhouses Apple and IBM have partnered to deliver healthcare apps to Japanese seniors.

3. At the HIMSS15 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago, Microsoft honored 11 healthcare organizations with the company's Health Innovation Awards.

4. Intel-GE Care Innovations, a joint venture between Intel Corp. and GE Healthcare, expanded its relationship with Jackson-based University of Mississippi Medical Center's Center for Telehealth to create an innovation lab to create and evaluate new care models using remote care management technology.

5. Vocera Communications, headquartered in San Jose, Calif., launched an app for Apple Watch designed to provide communication solutions for physicians and healthcare teams.

6. Kansas City, Mo.-based Saint Luke's Health System selected McKesson's Strategic Supply sourcing solution and value analysis suite.

7. More than 80,000 patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical center in Los Angeles are now connected to Apple's research tool HealthKit.

8. New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System is piloting the Apple Watch as a tool to help patients manage chronic diseases.

9. Healthcare research firm KLAS released its latest report on patient portal adoption, identifying Epic, athenahealth and Medfusion as vendors that most effectively help their customers drive patient portal adoption.

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