Lawmakers revisit Project Nightingale, demanding more info from Ascension, Google & 14 other health IT notes

Here's the latest roundup of stories about health IT companies, including Allscripts, IBM and Uber Health.

1. Allscripts on March 4 announced its new specialty medication management software through its payer and life sciences business Veradigm.

2. Uber Health, the nonemergency medical transportation service launched by rideshare service Uber in 2018, has updated its platform to be more accessible to patients, regardless of their use of and comfort with technology.

3. Amazon's cloud computing business has joined Change Healthcare, Microsoft, Meditech and other technology giants in quietly canceling its participation in the HIMSS health tech conference, slated to begin in Orlando, Fla., on March 9.

4. University Health Network in Toronto is partnering with technology leaders including IBM to test a blockchain-based mobile application that allows patients to grant access to their health data to anyone of their choosing.

5. Leaders from IBM and Microsoft met with senior Vatican officials in Rome on Feb. 28 to discuss ethical concerns around the design and implementation of artificial intelligence technology.

6. Allscripts president Rick Poulton will play a dual role at the company also taking on the CFO position, effective March 3.

7. Microsoft still sees significant potential profit from users upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

8. While Allscripts reported a $182.6 million net income loss for fiscal year 2019, the company's total year-over-year revenue increased 1.2 percent to $1.77 billion.

9. A bipartisan group of U.S. senators are probing Google and St. Louis-based Ascension again for more information on the controversial "Project Nightingale."

10. An employee at one of Google's offices in Switzerland has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

11. Amazon notified employees Feb. 28 that the company would be restricting nonessential travel in the U.S. due to unknowns about the coronavirus outbreak.

12. Walgreens is alerting consumers about a vulnerability in its mobile app that exposed users' personal information.

13. Best Buy unveiled on Feb. 27 the latest addition to its growing collection of consumer health technology: a smartphone app and accompanying wearable device providing seniors with one-touch access to emergency services.

14. When Amazon shoppers search for "coronavirus," "COVID-19" or other related terms, they will now be shown a notice directing them to the CDC's resources regarding coronavirus protective measures.

15. With the promise of low prices and convenient point-of-care delivery, Walmart's standalone health centers are set to create a "consumer revolution" in healthcare, according to former Apple CEO John Sculley.

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