Epic announces App Orchard; Cerner and Epic reps join Carequality steering committee; athenahealth, TeamPraxis partner to bring solutions to Hawaii's independent physicians — 6 health IT key notes

Here are six recent news updates on key health IT companies.

1. A new service agreement between athenahealth and physician service organization TeamPraxis will enable TeamPraxisto leverage athenahealth's offerings in its physician practices.

2. A new comprehensive suite of tools, resources and webinars from McKesson AccessHealth seeks to help independent pharmacies prepare for the 2016 Medicare Part D plan year.

3. Imaging informatics company HealthMyne has partnered with Epic and the University of Wisconsin Health to integrate EHR data and imaging information on its platform.

4. When Epic initially announced its app store in February, it was branded "App Exchange." Now, possibly as little as one month out from launch, Epic has rebranded its new initiative "App Orchard," according to a trademark filing.

5. Carequality appointed a new steering committee, which includes representatives from key vendors, including Hans Buitendijk from Cerner and Rob Klootwyk from Epic.

6. Amid the leadership changes occurring at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Kansas City, Mo.-based Cerner is examining the proposed transition for R. Bowen Loftin, former chancellor of the university.

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