Optum invests in AI startup; Cerner sets up new office for VA-DOD work & more — 12 health IT key notes

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Here are 12 recent news updates on health IT companies:

1. CareCloud, a provider of practice management and EHR software, will use Google Cloud's healthcare application programming interfaces to expand its cloud-based platform.

2. Cerner set up a new office in Rosslyn, Va., for staff working on its EHR modernization contracts with the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments.

3. DrChrono added new features to its free application programming interface, which allows customers and developers to create third-party apps that work with the EHR vendor's platform.

4. IDx, a developer of artificial intelligence-based diagnostic tools, secured $33 million in its most recent financing round, including an investment from Optum's venture arm.

5. Mercy Health in Cincinnati became a minority investor in cloud-based medical image management company NucleusHealth.

6. Researchers from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital Center for Clinical Data Science in Boston, and technology vendor Nvidia developed an artificial intelligence model to generate "synthetic MRIs."

7. ProPublica and The New York Times investigated a possible conflict of interest arising from a partnership between Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and Paige.AI.

8. The National Institutes of Health awarded Palantir Technologies a three-year, $7 million contract to support its health research.

9. SOC Telemed, an acute care telemedicine provider, partnered with national physician practice Sound Physicians to expand its offerings across the U.S.

10. Syapse, a precision oncology startup, revealed the names of six new hospital participants in its data-sharing network.

11. Teladoc Health launched Teladoc Global Care, a virtual care service that connects patients with relevant medical care worldwide.

12. Tempus rolled out a mobile app that provides physicians with relevant clinical and genomic data when providing treatment in an effort to drive personalized oncology care decisions.

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