Google works to improve EHR note taking for physicians; highlights from Judy Faulkner's Epic UGM address & more — 12 health IT key notes

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Here are 12 recent news updates on health IT companies:

1. Ten new hospitals, including Houston Methodist Hospital and University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center, joined Apple's health records project.

2. 23andMe, a direct-to-consumer genetic testing company, plans to close its application programming interface to developers in September amid concerns about user privacy.

3. Cerner and the Duke Clinical Research Institute developed a cardiac risk app through the Cerner Open Developer Experience.

4. Cognizant entered into an agreement to acquire SaaSfocus, a consulting firm that specializes in supporting companies leveraging the Salesforce customer relationship management platform.

5. Epic CEO and Founder Judy Faulkner equated surviving in nature to staying afloat in today's health technology industry in her 2018 executive address at the company's annual Users Group Meeting.

6. The Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis entered into a joint research agreement with Fujifilm, a Japanese photography and imaging company.

7. Google has an idea it thinks will improve physicians' EHR documentation processes: an artificial intelligence model that would automate EHR note-taking for clinicians.

8. Google partnered with Labster, which makes virtual lab simulations and other science tools for educators, to open more than 30 labs on its Daydream virtual reality platform.

9. Lyft appointed Manish Gupta as vice president of engineering, a newly created position. He will focus on developing the company's business platforms, including healthcare.

10. The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston formed a strategic partnership with Siemens Healthineers focused on enhancing value-based care through workflow improvement.

11. Forbes recently published its 2018 ranking of America's Best Employers, and several health IT companies — including Philips Healthcare, Cerner and Epic — made the cut this year.

12. Zipnosis, a virtual care software company, raised $3 million in Series B funding.

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