Epic unveils patient data research initiative, new software & 7 other health IT notes

Here's the latest roundup of stories about health IT companies, including Allscripts, Epic and Google.

1. Google teamed up with Danish hearing aid connectivity company GN Hearing and Australian hearing device maker Cochlear to develop technology that allows hearing devices to act like headsets to stream music, take calls and more.

2. Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare has partnered with San Francisco-based Carbon Health to apply Carbon's artificial intelligence-powered care management platform to urgent care clinics.

3. Lisa Bookwalter, formerly the senior director of advertising for media company Healthline, has joined Twitter to oversee all U.S. health and wellness clients.

4. California blockchain company Baton System closed a $12 million Series A funding round.

5. Allscripts announced its partnership this month with Apple Health Records, extending the service to its Sunrise, TouchWorks and Professional EHR clients.

6. IBM and Department of Veterans Affairs partnered to develop a digital platform for veterans, active-duty service members and reservists that offers brain assessments and mind training to help individuals understand and strengthen their mental health, social connections and well-being.

7. At Epic's User Group annual meeting Aug. 27, CEO Judy Faulkner and other executives revealed several initiatives and products the EHR vendor is focusing on to support evidence-based patient care research and enhanced clinical workflows.

8. University of Chicago Medical Center and Google filed motions to dismiss a class-action lawsuit that alleges the hospital violated HIPAA by sharing thousands of patients' health records with the technology giant without properly de-identifying the data.

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