Google Research hires former UChicago Medicine chief quality officer; Nokia to increase focus on digital health & more — 12 health IT key notes

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Here are 12 recent news updates on health IT companies.

1. Allscripts tapped Gaylene Ray as vice president of professional services in Australia and New Zealand, the company announced Oct. 6.

2. Athenahealth will offer HIPAA One security risk analysis software as an optional line-item on their monthly invoice to provide greater value and simple billing.

3. Avizia, which partners with providers to deploy and power systemwide telehealth solutions, acquired Carena, a virtual care provider, Oct. 10.

4. Azalea Health merged with Prognosis Innovation Healthcare Aug. 31 to establish an EHR to serve rural and community hospitals.

5. DeepMind, the artificial intelligence arm of Google, launched an ethics and society research unit to evaluate its breakthroughs in AI science and application, the company announced Oct. 3.

6. eClinicalWorks unveiled telemedicine and virtual assistant solutions at its conference in Dallas Oct. 6. The company also recently released an EHR capability to improve patient access to physician notes.

7. Michael Howell, MD, joined Google Research as the division's chief clinical strategist earlier this month.

8. Nokia said it would stop producing its OZO virtual reality cameras and shift its focus to health products and patent licensing, the company announced Oct. 10.

9. Nuance Communications and Talix entered into an agreement to create an artificial intelligence-powered solution to enhance quality and risk adjustment, the companies announced Oct. 11.

10. Outcome Health boasted the most funding among digital health startups thus far in 2017, raising $500 million since Jan. 1, according to a Rock Health report.

11. Teladoc unveiled its updated mobile app at the Health 2.0 Fall Conference in Santa Clara, Calif., Oct. 3.

12. Welltok acquired Tea Leaves Health from Ziff Davis, a subsidiary of j2 Global, the company announced Oct. 11.

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