Philips, athenahealth post Q3 earnings results; Rep. Greg Walden requests Nuance brief House committee & more — 12 health IT key notes

Here are 12 recent news updates on health IT companies.

1. Athenahealth released its third quarter earnings results Oct. 19, posting $304.6 million in revenue.

2. A Court of Federal Claims judge dismissed a lawsuit Oct. 19 that involved the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' no-bid contract with Cerner as its systemwide EHR.

3. It will take seven to eight years for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to transition its VistA EHR system to Cerner, VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, told the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Oct. 24.

4. London-based artificial intelligence company DeepMind, which is owned by Google's parent company Alphabet, is training its software to fold proteins for drug discovery.

5. Epic is the No. 1 emergency department information systems vendor in terms of patient safety improvement, according to a KLAS Research report.

6. IBM Watson Health and the CDC partnered to research the benefits of blockchain, IBM Watson Health Group's Vice President and Chief Science Officer Shahram Ebadollahi, PhD, said Oct. 24.

7. Imprivata, a healthcare IT security company, acquired Caradigm's identity and access management business Oct. 23.

8. Intel rolled out an application software platform targeted toward remote care solution developers, the company announced Oct. 19.

9. The Medical Society of Delaware entered into a collaboration with Mend, its first partnership with a telemedicine company.

10. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., requested Nuance Communications provide a formal briefing about the global NotPetya cyberattack to the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce by Nov. 2.

11. Philips released its third quarter earnings results Oct. 23, reporting €423 million ($497 million) in net income.

12. SwyMed joined forces with the Lubbock-based Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications to improve rural healthcare, officials announced Oct. 24.

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