Epic implementation creates 100 jobs in Ore.; 3 Cerner contracts; Allscripts reports record bookings; IBM launches cybersecurity unit — 11 health IT key notes

Here are 11 recent news updates on key health IT companies.

1. Nashville, Tenn.-based Ardent Health Services selected Epic's EHR for all its hospitals and clinics.

2. Alder Hey hospital in the United Kingdom is introducing IBM Watson to improve patient experience.

3. Digital health marketplace Zocdoc has integrated its patient scheduling platform with Epic's EHR.

4. IBM Security is taking a stab at cybercrime with the launch of a year-long research project and the creation of a new arm — Watson for Cyber Security.

5. The city council of Verona, Wis., unanimously voted Monday to close the tax increment financing district that includes much of Epic's headquarter campus at the end of the year.

6. Three health systems selected Cerner's EHR: Cape Girardeau, Mo.-based SoutheastHEALTH, Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, and Boca Raton (Fla.) RegionalHospital.

7. As part of its transition to Epic's EHR, St. Charles Health System in Bend, Ore., plans to hire approximately 100 analysts by Sept. 1.

8. Salem (Ohio) RegionalMedicalCenter is the latest hospital to choose MEDITECH's 6.1 EHR platform.

9. For the first quarter of 2016, health IT company Allscripts reported $252 million in bookings, a record level for a year's first quarter for the company, and a 7 percent increase over last year's $236 million.

10. IBM and eye health company Bausch + Lomb are joining forces to develop an app that will provide clinical insights to surgeons who perform cataract surgery.

11. Though Cerner reported an increase in revenue in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the first quarter of 2015, revenue fell short of the company's guidance range.

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