Epic EHR helps detect Flint water crisis; Cerner servers compromised; Google beats Apple as highest valued company — 17 health IT key notes

Here are 17 recent news updates on key health IT companies.

1. athenahealth issued a software update to its Epocrates app after learning a software bug threatened the protection of usernames and passwords.

2. Cerner is among organizations supporting the CONNECT for Health Act, a newly introduced bill which would support Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services.

3. After five years at the top, Apple is no longer the world's most highly valued public company. Alphabet, the newly reorganized parent company of Google, now claims that title.

4. Privia Health, a physician practice management and population health technology company, will offer athenahealth's population health solution as part of its care platform.

5. Epic and clinical intelligence platform QPID will work together to support Boston-based Partners HealthCare's focus on big data.

6. Nebraska Medicine, based in Omaha, spent $87 million in 2012 to implement the Epic EHR. Now, the health system has achieved Stage 7 of the HIMSS EMR Adoption Model.

7. Beese Fulmer Investment Management, based in Canton, Ohio, purchased an additional 1,837 shares of Cerner stock during the fourth quarter of 2015.

8. Allscripts, based in Chicago, named Melinda Whittington senior vice president and CFO, effective on the first business day after the company files its annual report on Form 10-K.

9. The Health Information Trust Alliance, a private collaboration focused on health information security, named Carl Dvorak, president of Epic, to its board of directors.

10. Rockford (Ill.) Health System began to use Health Level 7-based GE Healthcare Centricity Perinatal Connect technology to gather and save perinatal documentation in its Epic EHR.

11. Cloud-based health IT vendor athenahealth appointed Prakash Khot as its new chief technology officer. 

12. The American Heart Association plans to develop a workplace solution using IBM Watson Health's cognitive computer power and Welltok’s health optimization platform.

13. Virginia Rometty, chairman, president and CEO of IBM, is receiving a $4.5 million performance bonus for her work in 2015.

14. Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, a pediatrician at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich., helped bring the water crisis to public attention after using Epic's EHR to analyze patient data and discover the unsafe levels of lead in children’s blood.

15. For the sixth year in a row, Verona, Wis.-based Epic Systems was ranked as the No. 1 Overall Software Suite in KLAS' latest Best in KLAS report.

16. Naples, Fla.-based NCH Healthcare reported a data breach stemming from two of its servers thought to have been accessed via the Cerner Data Center in Kansas City, Mo.

17. McKesson Pharmacy Systems & Automation released its McKesson Clinical Programs Solution, a new platform designed to allow pharmacists the ability to create customized wellness programs.

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