More hospitals use Cerner than Epic to attest to Medicare's EHR Incentive Program; Acuity Link, Lyft partner to offer suite of healthcare provider transportation services & more — 7 health IT key notes

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Here are seven recent news updates on health IT companies.

1. Acuity Link's HIPAA-compliant platform for hospitals to order nonemergent medical transportation will expand its services under a partnership with Lyft, the companies announced March 29.

2. Hospitals were slightly more likely to attest to Medicare's EHR Incentive Program using Cerner's 2015 Certified EHR Technology than Epic's between 2011 and 2016, according to ONC data.

3. Health IT vendors like Cerner, Philips and Lumeris will drive growth in the global population health management market through 2025, according to a recent market intelligence report.

4. Google is reportedly entering the blockchain game, zeroing in on an application to support its cloud business, sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

5. Nuance Communications, a provider of artificial intelligence-based voice and language solutions, named Mark Benjamin CEO, effective April 23.

6. Optum, the health services business of UnitedHealth Group, selected HealthBI's practice enablement technology for its Medicare Advantage plans, Optum announced March 21.

7. Quantum Medical Transport joined Oracle Corp.'s Blockchain Cloud Platform Beta program to accelerate development of its medical blockchain, the company announced March 26.

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