Epic goes to court over trade secrets; Cerner faces overtime pay lawsuit; Allscripts' population health heads to UK; McKesson wins $139M contract from DOD — 12 health IT key notes

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

1. Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin, Minn., is in its first week of implementing an Epic EHR.

2. The Department of Defense and the Defense Health Agency awarded RelayHealth, part of McKesson Technology Solutions, a $139 million contract to provide patient engagement and interoperable secure messaging solutions to the Military Health System.

3. Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital launched its Epic EHR over the weekend.

4. After a study of personal voice assistants from Apple, Samsung and Microsoft found the assistants did not appropriately or adequately respond to inquiries about violence, mental health and physical health, Apple has updated Siri's replies to such questions or comments.

5. A federal trial started Monday in Madison, Wis., over a 2014 lawsuit filed by Epic Systems alleging an Indian consultancy agency stole trade secrets from the EHR vendor.

6. Cerner, based in Kansas City, Mo., employs nearly 17,000 people. The health IT vendor could be facing a class action lawsuit over lack of overtime pay.

7. McKesson finalized the previously announced acquisition of Vantage Oncology and Biologics.

8. Kivney, an enterprise mobile backend-as-a-service platform provider, is collaborating with Google to bring a HIPAA-compliant mBaaS to the Google Cloud Platform.

9. Sentara RMH Medical Center in Rockingham County, Va., is finalizing preparations to launch its new Epic EHR.

10. The April 2 Epic EHR go-live at New York City Health + Hospitals took place as planned at two of the health system's hospitals.

11. The Cerner, Leidos and Accenture team won the Department of Defense IT overhaul contract in 2015, but there remain some concerns over the project.

12. Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom plans to implement Allscripts' population health management platform CareInMotion's dbMotion.

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