Mayo to spend $1B on Epic; Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, Epic, McKesson, MEDITECH sign Interoperability Pledge & more — 8 health IT key notes

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Here are eight recent news updates on key health IT companies.

1. HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced the Interoperability Pledge during HIMSS16. Several big-name vendors are making the pledge, including Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, Epic, McKesson and MEDITECH

2. Mayo Clinic, based in Rochester, Minn., expects to spend more than $1 billion over the next five years to implement the Epic EHR.

3. GE Healthcare adopted The Sequoia Project's Carequality Interoperability Framework. 

4. Health analytics and data platform Apervita will soon host GE Healthcare's DenialsIQ application.

5. Health Catalyst, a healthcare data warehousing and analytics company, closed a $70 million Series E funding round.

6. Optum360 won the 2015/2016 Category Leader award for computer-assisted coding from KLAS.

7. Salesforce announced the general availability of its Salesforce Health Cloud.

8. Tableau Software's workbooks and dashboards will be integrated into Epic's EHR through a new partnership agreement.

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