Epic CEO Judy Faulkner on 'yes, if' strategy behind company's culture, success & 11 other health IT notes

Here's the latest roundup of stories about health IT companies, including Allscripts, Epic and Google.

1. Google Health finalized its complete acquisition of DeepMind, a U.K. startup the tech giant acquired for more than $500 million in 2014.

2. Over the past few months, athenahealth has announced that four new executive leaders have joined the Watertown, Mass.-based health IT software company.

3. Allscripts has certified Redox, a healthcare data interoperability startup founded by three former Epic engineers, as the first global integration engine of the Allscripts Developer Program.

4. Precision medicine and biotechnology company Macrogen was granted a patent Sept. 17 for blockchain-based data-sharing technology.

5. OpenSC, a blockchain startup that aims to help supply chains avoid illegal, environmentally harmful or unethical products, received $4 million in seed funding.

6. Department of Veterans Affairs unveiled a new training program in support of its EHR modernization effort and Cerner system implementation.

7. Jonathan Bush is now executive chairman of Firefly Health, a Boston-based startup for primary care.

8. Darrell Johnson will join Cerner as chief marketing officer, a newly created role at the company.

9. Judy Faulkner, Epic founder and CEO, discussed the culture she has spearheaded at the EHR company and why she values a "yes, if" approach to strategy during The Cap Times Idea Fest Sept. 14 in Madison, Wis.

10. Google announced Sept. 12 that it's developing tools for its Maps app that will help users find recovery and treatment centers for substance abuse and addiction.

11. University Hospital patients will soon be able to use Lyft to receive free rides to and from their appointments.

12. On Sept. 12, Cerner announced five finalists for its annual Code App Challenge, which encourages third-party developers to design applications to integrate with EHR systems to improve consumers' access to health information.

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