Epic's Limerick app offered for Apple Watch; McKesson to cut 1,600 jobs; Cerner campus construction forges on — 11 health IT key notes

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

1. San Francisco-based McKesson is eliminating nearly four percent of its U.S. workforce, which equates to nearly 1,600 jobs, in an effort to reign in costs.

2. A new app from Epic extends the functions of the MyChart app to the Apple Watch.

3. Oscar Health, a New York-based unicorn health insurance startup, has recruited Alan Warren, former vice president of engineering for Google, as its new senior vice president and chief technology officer.

4. Stephen Gillett, previously the CIO of Starbucks for four years, has taken on a new position with Google's X lab, the technology company's research and development lab.

5. When it comes to the performance of health information exchange vendors, Epic was deemed by users to have high performance and a strong outlook for upcoming interoperability needs.

6. Morris Heights Health Center, a patient-centered medical home in New York, implemented eClinicalWorks' EHR.

7. GE is adding more than 100 jobs in Chicago through its transportation and healthcare businesses.

8. McKesson launched its cloud-based InterQual Connect, a service designed to automate medical review and authorization.

9. Rothman Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital, a 24-bed surgery center in Bensalem, Pa., plans to implement MEDITECH's 6.1 EHR.

10. Health IT and services vendor McKesson is consolidating and expanding its Dallas-area operations center with a new location in Irving, Texas.

11. Cerner broke ground on a new campus in Kansas City, Mo., in November 2014. Now, the Kansas City Tax Increment Financing Commission approved a development agreement for the project.

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