Epic live at ProMedica; Apple may be developing new medical product; IBM Watson, Boston Children's take on pediatric diseases — 10 health IT key notes

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Here are 10 recent news updates on key health IT companies.

1. McKesson plans to open a distribution center in Hamptonburgh, N.Y., creating at least 160 jobs in the area.

2. Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica went live on Epic's EHR Nov. 2.

3. GE Healthcare acquired The Camden Group, a population health and strategic advisory firm.

4. Phillipsburg, Kan.-based Great Plains Health Alliance, a nonprofit healthcare management system overseeing rural hospitals in Kansas and Nebraska, will implement Cerner's EHR in its 25 affiliated critical access hospitals. 

5. Patient IO is the latest digital health company to join athenahealth's More Disruption Please accelerator program.

6. Columbia, S.C.-based Palmetto Health integrated NARxCHECK into its Cerner EHR to help prevent prescription drug abuse.

7. Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted at the possibility of a new medical device in an interview with The Guardian.

8. A new collaboration between Boston Children's Hospital and IBM Watson will allow clinicians to use Watson's cognitive platform for clinical decision support in the diagnosis and treatment of rare pediatric diseases.

9. A man who allegedly participated in a fraud scheme in which he claimed to work for health technology vendor Cerner pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court, reports The Kansas City Star.

10. Chicago-based Allscripts released its financial information for the third quarter of 2015, reporting a 3 percent increase in revenue and a 17 percent profit growth.

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