Illinois state board finds conflict of interest in U of Illinois' Epic contract; Google's Nest may be interested in Nokia's health business & more — 14 health IT key notes

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Here are 14 recent news updates on health IT companies.

1. Weymouth, Mass.-based Brewster Ambulance Service plans to bring Amazon Alexa to its ambulances to provide medical information assistance.

2. Avizia, a telehealth company focused on systemwide services, and Aligned Telehealth, an onsite and telehealth behavioral healthcare services provider, recently entered into a partnership.

3. KLAS Research highlighted eight vendors as "A-list" in an April report, including Carestream, Epic and HealthCatalyst.

4. An Illinois state board determined April 17 there is evidence of a conflict of interest regarding an EHR implementation contract between Epic and Chicago-based University of Illinois Hospitals.

5. VenueNext, a company focused on improving guest experience at venues worldwide, joined Epic's App Orchard, the company announced April 17.

6. Veritas Capital will use $850 million in loans to back its $1.05 billion acquisition of General Electric's value-based care assets.

7. The U.S. Navy recently conducted its first telemedicine consultations from a hospital ship at sea using technology developed by GlobalMed.

8. Greenway Health plans to hire 104 new employees and invest $1.8 million to expand its West Shore, Fla.-based headquarters, helped by nearly $520,000 state and local incentives.

9. Livongo Health, a digital health company targeting patients with chronic conditions, raised $105 million in a funding round led by General Catalyst and Kinnevik, the company confirmed April 11.

10. MDLive selected Michael Farrell to serve as senior vice president and general manager of its hospitals and health systems business, the telehealth company confirmed April 17.

11. Memphis, Tenn.-based St. Jude Children's Research Hospital launched St. Jude Cloud, an online data-sharing platform for pediatric cancer researchers, through a partnership with Microsoft and DNAnexus April 12.

12. Netsmart launched a cloud-based EHR geared toward home health and senior living communities, the EHR solutions and services provider confirmed April 9.

13. Nest, an Alphabet smart home subsidiary that's being rolled back into Google, is reportedly interested in purchasing Nokia's digital health division.

14. Oracle Health Sciences launched a service to enable researchers to collect patient data from apps, sensors and wearables for use in clinical trials, Oracle announced April 10.

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