LabCorp rolls out direct-to-consumer blood tests & 9 other health IT notes


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

1. Cerner released its earnings results for the second quarter of 2019, posting a 5 percent rise in revenue.

2. Epic formed a new partnership with Connected Care Health Services, a physician-led coalition of companies that provide technology services and products to healthcare organizations.

3. Pinterest is rolling out new capabilities on its mobile app to provide users with stress relief and self-compassion exercises based on their search history.

4. United Parcel Service unveiled its drone delivery subsidiary on July 23, which will deliver to hospitals and health systems.

5. Health Catalyst, a Salt Lake City-based provider of data analytics services to healthcare organizations, raised the proposed size of its initial public offering on July 23.

5. Microsoft announced an investment of $1 billion in and partnership with OpenAI, a San Francisco-based company co-founded by Elon Musk to develop artificial general intelligence.

6. Baltimore-based LifeBridge Health has opened a virtual hospital at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.

7. Walgreens announced July 22 that its Walgreens Find Care platform will now include solutions for chronic care management.

8. LabCorp, one of the largest clinical laboratory companies in the world, is now giving consumers the option to order their own blood tests online as it positions itself for a major expansion of brick-and-mortar testing sites in Walgreens stores.

9. Microsoft’s net income spiked 49 percent year over year in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 to $13.2 billion.

10. Lab testing company Clinical Pathology Laboratories began notifying 2.2 million patients July 5 that their personal health information may have been exposed in a vendor data breach.

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