Slack becomes HIPAA-compliant; Cerner posts 4% rise in revenue for 2018 & more — 13 health IT key notes

Here are 13 recent news updates on major health IT and technology companies:

1. 3M completed its acquisition of M*Modal's technology business for $1 billion.

2. Alphabet released earnings results for its 2018 fiscal year, posting a 23 percent rise in revenue — almost entirely driven by its main subsidiary, Google.

3. Amazon released earnings results for its 2018 fiscal year, posting a 31 percent growth in net sales.

4. Cerner released earnings results for its 2018 fiscal year, posting a 4 percent rise in revenue.

5. Cerner plans to cut 129 positions as part of its contract with Augusta University Health in Georgia comes to an end, effective March 31.

6. General Electric changed its original plan to spin off its health unit and will instead sell off almost half the business.

7. Google may be building its own EHR and analytics system, according to a July 2017 patent application that was published by the U.S. Patent Office Jan. 31.

8. MDLive launched MDLive Go, a program that allows hospital and health system clients to offer patients both asynchronous and synchronous telemedicine visits.

9. Meditech released earnings results for its 2018 fiscal year, posting a 2 percent rise in revenue.

10. Meditech added an opioid stewardship toolkit to Expanse, the company's web-based EHR.

11. Microsoft released earnings results for the second quarter of its 2019 fiscal year, posting a 12 percent rise in revenue.

12. Business-focused messaging and chat application Slack confidentially filed to go public, and a recent update to its security page signals the company may be exploring healthcare as its next market.

13. Alphabet's life sciences arm Verily joined forces with two Ohio health networks to build and operate a technology-infused rehabilitation center for patients struggling with opioid addiction.

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