10 most interesting health IT partnerships this week

Federal agencies, hospitals and health systems teamed up with health IT companies this week to develop new initiatives, technologies and innovative projects.

Here are 10 of the most interesting health IT partnerships that were announced this week, as reported by Becker’s Hospital Review.

1. Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Ill., is implementing Omnicell’s suite of automated solutions to enhance medication security and safety.

2. Cerner is working with outside developers to integrate third party apps and a suite of tools on its EHR platforms in an effort to keep up with competitors.

3. Edison, N.J.-based Hackensack Meridian Health and Omnicell are expanding their contract to implement a cohesive medication dispensing solution in five additional Hackensack facilities.

4. Greenway Health, a health IT solutions provider based in Carrollton, Ga., signed an agreement with PatientPop to offer scheduling integration on its EHR and practice management system.

5. IBM Watson Health and the CDC are partnering to research the benefits of blockchain, IBM Watson Health Group’s Vice President and Chief Science Officer Shahram Ebadollahi, PhD, said Oct. 24.

6. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality granted Indianapolis-based Regenstrief Institute an award to study health information exchanges’ relation to emergency department outcomes.

7. Vantari Genetics, a clinical diagnostics laboratory, and Translational Software, a genomics-driven clinical decision support provider, will provide services to Phoenix-based Banner Alzheimer’s Institute’s GeneMatch registry, the companies announced Oct. 23.

8. Imprivata, a healthcare IT security company, acquired Caradigm’s identity and access management business Oct. 23, an Imprivata spokesperson confirmed to Becker’s Hospital Review.

9. Intel plans to ship what it calls the tech industry’s “first neural network processor,” called the Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor, by the end of 2017, as it works closely with Facebook to gain technical insight for the AI hardware.

10. Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai Medical Center selected Lumeon as one of 10 startups to join the third class of its health tech program, called Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Powered by Techstars.