Epic's TIF district to close; Epic, Cerner, athenahealth land new contracts; ResearchKit users can use IBM Watson Health Cloud for free — 9 health IT key notes

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

City officials of Verona, Wis., are preparing to close the tax incremental financing district established 14 years ago to help develop Epic's campus. The city expects to collect $21.2 million.

After 13 years of steady growth, Apple revenues fell for the first time in the first quarter of 2016. Quarterly profits fell 12.8 percent from $58.01 billion in 2015 to $50.55 billion in 2016.

A new partnership between IBM and Apple permits researchers conducting studies using Apple's ResearchKit to store their data in IBM Watson Health's cloud for free.

Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic has named its Epic implementation project Plummer, an homage to Henry Plummer, MD, who is credited with forming the core unified medical record infrastructure of Mayo Clinic.

Michigan State University HealthTeam, the multispecialty faculty group practice of the university, will implement athenaOne, athenahealth's suite of service to support its providers. 

Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, is planning to upgrade its MEDITECH EHR to the 6.1 platform.

The U.S. Coast Guard terminated its EHR implementation contract with Verona, Wis.-based Epic Systems and has since reverted to using paper records

Watson Health Cloud is testing its population health mettle with the launch of Mentrics, a behavioral health management platform developed in partnership with ODH.

Lynchburg, Va.-based Centra Health selected Cerner to implement a health IT system across its five hospitals, more than 50 ambulatory and long-term care facilities and health plan.

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