NYU School of Medicine teams up with Facebook; Cerner to take over IT department at Texas hospital & more — 10 health IT key notes

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Here are 10 recent news updates on health IT companies:

1. American Well appointed Keith Anderson as its CFO.

2. Athenahealth selected Persivia's e-clinical quality measure solution for its inpatient quality reporting program requirements.

3. Cerner will take over the IT department at Medical Center Health System in Odessa, Texas, under an agreement the Ector County Hospital District board of directors approved Aug. 16.

4. The radiology department at New York University School of Medicine in New York City joined forces with Facebook to launch fastMRI, a research project applying artificial intelligence to MRI scans.

5. Google is reportedly working on a health and fitness assistant to compete with the likes of Apple, Fitbit and Garmin.

6. Best Buy signed a definitive agreement to purchase GreatCall, a provider of connected health and personal emergency response services targeting the senior population, for $800 million in cash Aug. 15.

7. Nurx, a telemedicine platform, unveiled a new at-home laboratory testing kit for patients seeking PrEP, a medication that helps prevent HIV-negative people from becoming infected.

8. Australian digital health company ResApp Health partnered with Bethesda, Md.-based security and aerospace vendor Lockheed Martin to support the Defense Department's health monitoring program.

9. Salesforce, a cloud software company that's made a name for itself through customer relationship management products, is expanding its work in healthcare.

10. Acute telemedicine provider SOC Telemed acquired behavioral health telemedicine company JSA Health in a deal that makes SOC Telemed the nation's largest acute telepsychiatry provider.

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