Tim Cook confirms Stanford partnership to improve Apple Watch heart rate monitoring; Epic unveils 'Share Everywhere' interoperability service & more — 11 health IT key notes

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Here are 11 recent news updates on health IT companies.

Allscripts and Surescripts partnered to offer Texas and Louisiana pharmacists free access to patients' medication histories in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which struck the Texas coast Aug. 25.

American Well, Doctor On Demand, EpicMD, LiveHealth Online, MDLive and Teladoc extended free remote services to Florida residents as they prepared for Hurricane Irma's arrival last week.

At Apple's product launch Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook confirmed speculations the company will add more advanced health monitoring functions to its Apple Watch.

Andrew Norden, MD, a former health officer with IBM, joined healthcare analytics startup Cota as CMO.

Epic will release an interoperability service called "Share Everywhere" in the November update of its patient portal, MyChart.

Fitbit joined forces with Dexcom, a provider of continuous glucose monitoring products, to develop mobile diabetes management tools.

IBM Watson Health released a fact sheet titled "Watson and Cancer: Get the Facts" Sept. 5, following a STAT investigation claiming Watson for Oncology underwhelmed hospitals and oncologists.

Samsung Electronics entered into an agreement with Seoul, South Korea-based Gangnam Severance Hospital to develop a virtual reality tool to diagnose mental health conditions.

Sectra ranked as the top software vendor for picture archiving and communication system imaging technology in terms of overall satisfaction, according to a KLAS Research report.

Teladoc will provide free online counseling sessions to individuals in Hurricane Harvey evacuation areas, including displaced residents who are not members of Teladoc, for up to three months.

23andMe, a Mountain View, Calif.-based personal genomics and biotechnology company, reportedly raised almost $200 million to expand its genetics research arm.

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