Epic froze app store enrollment last year amid privacy concerns & 12 other health IT notes

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Thirteen recent  updates on major health IT and technology companies:

1. Electronic health records company Epic Systems confirmed a report from CNBC that it paused new enrollment in its app store in December due to security and privacy concerns.

2. Fitbit rode the fitness tracker wave up — and when smartwatches came out — back down, but its CEO James Park is now is now optimistic its smartwatch and healthcare business will buoy future growth.

3. Fitbit unveiled three  activity trackers and a new edition of its smartwatch at a lower price.

4. Google shared  a finding March 4 from its annual study on pay equity: Men who are Level 4 software engineers were paid less than women in the same job category.

5. IBM's X-Force Red, a team of security experts, has released a new blockchain testing service aimed at identifying weaknesses and strengthening blockchain security.

6. Alphabet's cybersecurity division, Chronicle, formerly Google X, released details on its first security data platform.

7. With the release of its latest Apple Watch, Apple touted features that detect if wearers have atrial fibrillation, but some cardiologists are questioning the feature's effectiveness and potential for harm.

8. The National Federation of the Blind refiled a complaint against EHR vendor Epic.

9. Microsoft plans to shut down support May 31 for its Health Dashboard applications and services, including those for the wearable device Microsoft Band.

10. Solve.Care, a blockchain-focused startup, is teaming up with Lyft to give its users better access to healthcare.

11. Online retail giant Amazon continues its push into healthcare with a $2 million investment in Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to test artificial intelligence.

12. Digital health company Livongo Health unveiled its new Amazon voice-enabled blood pressure monitoring system.

13. Fitbit shares dropped 12 percent Feb. 27 as the company struggles to compete with Apple's smartwatch.

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