Saint Francis preps for Epic go-live July 1; McKesson named 'Top Attractor' company; Google rolls out 'symptom search' — 8 health IT key notes

Here are eight recent news updates on key health IT companies.

1. Together with 16 healthcare organizations, including health systems, academic medical centers, ambulatory radiology providers and imaging technology companies, IBM has formed a Watson Health medical imaging collaborative that seeks to boost use of cognitive imaging for cancer, diabetes, eye health, brain disease and heart disease care.

2. Sasha TerMaat, a director at Epic, was elected chairperson of the Electronic Health Record Association.

3. LinkedIn compiled a list of the 40 companies that best attract and keep top talent in the U.S., and McKesson was the only health IT company to make the cut.

4. McKesson is exploring the possibility of selling its IT unit, and three people familiar with the matter told Reuters the company has discussed merging its IT unit with Change Healthcare.

5. In efforts to improve the quality of search results for medical symptoms, Google partnered with HarvardMedicalSchool and Mayo Clinic to refine search results, introducing a feature called "symptom search."

6. Cape Girardeau, Mo.-based Saint Francis Healthcare System is almost ready to launch its Epic EHR, scheduled to go live on July 1.

7. In a world of self-driving cars, IBM helped develop Olli, a self-driving shuttle bus.

8. Cerner isn't just an IT vendor: The company is operating and staffing a health clinic for the International Union of Operating Engineers' Kansas City chapter.

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