Optum, Humana launch blockchain pilot project; Epic's April Fools' Day prank & more — 8 health IT key notes

Here are eight recent news updates on health IT companies.

1. 23andMe plans to hire an additional 200 employees in 2018.

2. Apple expanded its iPhone's health records pilot to nearly 40 health systems nationwide, the company confirmed March 29.

3. DrChrono will offer Apple device leasing bundle plans for physicians and other medical professionals in a low-cost effort to combine their EHR with Apple's hardware, the company announced April 2.

4. Epic restructured its home page April 1 to advertise an unconventional resource to promote staff well-being — IT support dogs.

5. Veritas Capital entered into a definitive agreement with GE Healthcare April 2 to purchase its value-based care division for $1.05 billion in cash.

6. Hyland, a software company focused on enterprise content management, closed its acquisition of Allscripts' OneContent business April 2.

7. Humana, MultiPlan, Quest Diagnostics, UnitedHealth Group and its subsidiary, Optum, announced their intent to launch a pilot program using blockchain technology April 2.

8. Royal Philips is coordinating a collaborative big data project with a consortium of academic, healthcare and technology organizations in Europe, the company announced March 29.

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