Epic, athenahealth high performers in MU attestation; Allscripts shuffles leadership; Cerner conference kicks off Sunday — 12 health IT key notes

Here are 12 recent news updates on key health IT companies.

1. Allscripts promoted CFO Rick Poulton to president and extended CEO Paul Black's employment agreement through 2018.

2. Flint, Mich.-based McLaren Health plans to implement Cerner's EHR, revenue cycle and population health solutions across the system.

3. Cerner is testing SMART on FHIR interoperability standards in its EHR.

4. In the latest commercial for the artificial intelligence robot, IBM Watson shows its more creative side, and even proposes a collaboration with famed singer/songwriter Bob Dylan.

5. A new Allscripts lab in Israel centered on innovation will help bring Israeli startups into the United States healthcare market, where they can access Allscripts' open APIs and participate in the vendor's developer program. 

6. Through a new partnership with the Society of Hospital Medicine, Cerner is integrating a new readmission prevention technology into its EHR.

7. A collaborative of independent providers in Minnesota and Wisconsin plans to implement eClinicalWorks' CCMR solution for population health.

8. Cloud-based EHR provider athenahealth is upgrading its payment security technology by integrating Evalon's security solutions into its offerings. 

9. New Bedford, Mass.-based Southcoast Health is one of the latest health systems to go live on Epic's EHR.

10. Since launching Epic's Care Everywhere platform in 2012, Cincinnati-based Mercy Health has exchanged more than 10 million patient records across the country.

11. Nearly 14,000 healthcare leaders and providers will convene in Kansas City, Mo., for the annual Cerner Health Conference from Oct. 11-14.

12. A Politico analysis of DocGraph.org data found Epic and athenahealth were among the three vendors whose clients received the most meaningful use payments without using CMS' flexibility rules.

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