IBM reportedly lays off at least 40 Watson Health employees; 23andMe sues Ancestry.com & more — 7 health IT key notes

Here are seven recent news updates on health IT companies:

1. 23andMe, the second largest direct-to-consumer genetic testing company, filed a lawsuit against Ancestry.com — its largest competitor — in California federal district court earlier this month.

2. GV, the venture capital arm of Google's parent company Alphabet, recently joined Owkin's Series A funding round, building on an initial funding round the artificial intelligence startup closed in January.

3. Athenahealth released a statement May 24 confirming its board is undertaking a "thorough and deliberate analysis" of Elliott Management's proposal to acquire the company at $160 per share.

4. Epic and Cerner dominated the EMR market for small acute care hospitals in 2017, according to a KLAS Research report released in May.

5. IBM laid off an undisclosed number of employees from its Watson Health group, with at least 40 workers cut from its Cleveland office.

6. Apollo Hospitals in Chennai, India, will adopt two of IBM's cognitive platforms — Watson for Oncology and Watson for Genomics — across 10 of its 64 hospitals, IBM confirmed May 22.

7. Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare joined forces with digital health company Sharecare to launch The Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub, effective Sept. 1.

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