Optum acquires naviHealth & 12 other key notes

Here's the latest roundup of stories about health information technology companies, including Microsoft, Google and Optum. 

  1. Apple and Google on May 20 launched their interoperable API, designed to measure contact tracing using Bluetooth technology in smartphones, to help public health agencies rapidly track COVID-19 spread and notify individuals exposed to the virus.

  2. Google was sued by Arizona, which alleges the company violated state privacy laws by continuing to collect digital location information from smartphones even after users opted out.

  3. Microsoft teamed up with several London hospitals to provide select physicians with mixed-reality headsets to limit direct contact with COVID-19 patients.

  4. Amazon extended its telehealth benefits beyond its employees at Seattle-area offices to include warehouse workers near its headquarters.

  5. Microsoft rolled out its cloud for healthcare offering and said it would be the first of many at an RBC Capital Markets event May 20.

  6. Google recently developed an AI system that detects age-related macular degeneration in the eye and demonstrates the potential to predict the disease's progression.

  7. Allscripts and Meditech are joining the likes of Epic and Cerner by developing live artificial intelligence capabilities for their client bases, according to KLAS Research.

  8. Optum and Health Catalyst led a new funding round to invest millions in a data science and health technology company that is building a large real-world evidence platform for behavioral health and chronic diseases.

  9. Google sister company Verily launched the Baseline COVID-19 Research Project, which aims to study disease testing methods and antibodies as well as how the virus affects mental health.

  10. Optum acquired post-acute care management platform naviHealth, expecting the deal to total more than $1 billion.

  11. Amazon's next move could be a benefits marketplace for employers and payers, according to tech market intelligence platform CB Insights.

  12. Microsoft and UnitedHealth Group partnered to launch a new return-to-workplace protocol and COVID-19 symptom screening tool within an app for organizations returning employees from remote work.

  13. Google began providing a clinically certified questionnaire for all users who search for information about anxiety, a feature implemented to help address mental health concerns inflicted by pandemic-related stress.

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