How Apple helped inspire Stanford's new hospital & 14 other health IT notes

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

1. While Department of Veterans Affairs plans to deploy its new Cerner EHR in March 2020, a House Veterans Affairs subcommittee is concerned VA may not be ready to start using the new system in time.

2. The head of Google Health, David Feinberg, MD, has responded with more clarity on what the tech giant and St. Louis-based Ascension are doing with Project Nightingale in a Nov. 20 blog post.

3. BioEnterprise, which managed the Cleveland-based Global Center for Health Innovation until earlier this month, has been named in a subpoena for records relating to the center's expenses.

4. Dallas-based Steward Health Care will deploy Health Catalyst's analytics solutions to apply data-driven insights to improve clinician and administrator workflows across Steward Hospital Group, Steward Medical Group and the Steward Health Care Network.

5. Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health has tapped KenSci's artificial intelligence-powered platform to provide predictive insights that will be used to improve efficiency, patient satisfaction and overall care quality and outcomes.

6. Propeller Health announced Nov. 19 that users of its digital health management platform can now directly access pharmacy services from CVS, Walmart, Kroger and Rite-Aid within the Propeller app.

7. Google and St. Louis-based Ascension Health have until Dec. 6 to respond to a letter from four Democratic leaders of Congress asking for more information on "Project Nightingale."

8. Configo Health, a company developing artificial intelligence-powered data analytics solutions for pediatric healthcare facilities, launched Nov. 18 with the announcement of Texas Children's Hospital and Children's National Hospital as founding investors.

9. Some Fitbit users are leaving their devices behind after hearing the company would be acquired by Google.

10. Stanford Health Care incorporated user experience ideas from Apple to leverage technology in ways that make its new Palo Alto, Calif.-based hospital more hospitable.

11. Philips issued a warning Nov. 14 about a vulnerability in its IntelliBridge EC40 and EC80 Hubs.

12. Solara Medical Supplies announced Nov. 13 that it has notified current and former patients and employees Nov. 13 that their information may have been exposed in a data breach.

13. Amazon Web Services on Nov. 13 launched its new service AWS Data Exchange, which allows customers to search, subscribe to and use third-party data from companies including Deloitte and Change Healthcare within the cloud.

14. Days before Google was planning to post more than 100,000 X-ray images online, the National Institutes of Health called the tech giant to intervene.

15. Harry Shum, PhD, executive vice president of Microsoft's artificial intelligence and research group since its founding in 2016, will leave the company in early 2020.

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