Microsoft adds VP, chief architect to healthcare team; GE to spin off healthcare business & more — 12 health IT key notes

Here are 12 recent news updates on health IT companies:

1. Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23andMe, pledged to help reunite children separated from their parents at the border between the U.S. and Mexico by donating the company's DNA test kits.

2. Allscripts is offering buyouts to some employees in the form of an early retirement program.

3. Kairoi Health joined the athenahealth marketplace under its "More Disruption Please" program, the scheduling and productivity solutions provider confirmed June 26.

4. Calico — an Alphabet company — and drugmaker AbbVie are contributing another $1 billion to their effort to cure aging-related diseases.

5. The Healthcare Financial Management Association added Cerner to its organization June 25.

6. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs plans to be fully functional on its new Cerner EHR at three test sites in the Pacific Northwest by March 2020, officials said during a hearing June 26.

7. GE revealed plans to spin off its healthcare business into a standalone enterprise June 26, concluding a yearlong strategic review of the company's operations and financial strength.

8. Medtronic and IBM Watson Health released Sugar.IQ, an app-based diabetes management assistant, June 22.

9. Microsoft Healthcare revealed the names of two new executives, Jim Weinstein, DO, and Joshua Mandel, MD, June 26.

10. Rishi Shah and Shradha Agarwal, the founders of Outcome Health, resigned from the company's board nearly six months after stepping down as CEO and president, respectively.

11. Wildflower Health, a mobile health software company, acquired a women's health venture incubated by Providence St. Joseph Health, the Renton, Wash.-based health system confirmed June 21.

12. Zipnosis physicians will be able to access Surescripts' medication history services under a new certification, Zipnosis confirmed June 27.

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