Quest Diagnostics vendor data breach exposes 11.9 million patients & 14 other health IT notes

Here's the latest roundup of stories about 15 health information technology companies, including Athenahealth, Cerner and IBM.

1. San Francisco-based startup Virta Health's continuous remote care platform demonstrated considerable reversal of Type 2 diabetes after two years of continuous use in a study published June 5 in Frontiers in Endocrinology.

2. Medical testing company Laboratory Corp. of America learned 7.7 million of its patients may have had their data exposed in the same vendor breach as Quest Diagnostics.

3. Guardant Health, an oncology-focused technology company, is developing blood tests that help detect cancer in its early stages.

4. Cerner launched its annual Code App Challenge, which aims to encourage third-party developers to design applications that can integrate with EHR systems to improve consumers' access and understanding of health information.

5. Small and midsize healthcare organizations rate Athenahealth and Meditech as the top performing emerging EHR systems among the market.

6. Burlington-based University of Vermont Health Network and Philips have agreed to a 10-year partnership to improve patient care.

7. Apple Watch and iPhone users will soon be able to monitor menstrual cycles and symptoms, hearing health and activity levels over time, Apple executives confirmed at the company's annual developers conference on June 3.

8. Saint Luke's Cancer Institute in Kansas City, Mo., has partnered with Olathe, Kan.-based wearable tech company Garmin and Overland Park, Kan.-based data analytics firm TeraCrunch to launch a study of advanced cancer patients.

9. IBM Watson Health and its partners presented a total of 22 new studies demonstrating the artificial intelligence technology's real-world potential in the field of oncology.

10. Gmail, Snapchat and YouTube, which all use Google's technology, had their services restored on June 2 around 4 p.m. Pacific time after experiencing an hours-long outage.

11. Walmart is the latest company to join the MediLedger consortium, a collaborative working to build a blockchain that will be designed to track and verify prescription drugs.

12. Quest Diagnostics is notifying 11.9 million patients of a data breach that happened at one of its billing collections vendors.

13. Cerner will pay stockholders a cash dividend of $0.18 per share, up $0.03 over the amount projected in February.

14. UCLA Health will implement Microsoft Azure to increase its clinical and research data synthesis as well as its precision medicine efforts.

15. Cerner EHR users can now use PerfectServe's messaging platform to send and receive secure messages within the EHR to other clinical members of a patient's care team.

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