Epic selected by Main Line Health; Apple's secret cloud mission; athenahealth EHR tracks flu activity in real-time — 10 health IT key notes

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

1. New services from McKesson offer small to mid-sized hospitals disaster recovery services for their IT systems.

2. Epic joins Indianapolis-based Eskenazi Health in hosting a Connectathon, where programmers, clinicians and innovators will gather to build integrated and interoperable health solutions.

3. In collaboration with middle market private equity firm GI Partners, Allscripts signed a definitive agreement to acquire health and human services software and technology solutions company Netsmart.

4. Wirral Partners, a U.K.-based integrated primary and acute care system, is the first to partner with Cerner to utilize its HealtheIntent population health management platform.

5. Thomas Health System, based in Charleston, W. Va., plans to transition its hospitals to MEDITECH 6.1.

6. The first two towers at Cerner's new Kansas City, Mo., campus are complete.

7. Apple has switched its data storage vendor from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Azure in favor of Google's cloud platform — but just for the time being, as Apple is reportedly developing its own cloud storage platform.

8. Using Apple's ResearchKit, HarvardUniversity's Football Players Health Study and the NFL Player's Association are conducting as study to sees the long-term impact of injuries sustained by NFL players.

9. Main Line Health, based in Bryn Mawr, Pa., is moving forward with an Epic implementation.

10. Providers are using athenahealth's EHR to track flu increases in real-time.

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