Allscripts appoints new chair; Practice Fusion launches lab API;

> After firing chair Phil Pead last week, Allscripts on Monday replaced him with board member Dennis Chookaszian. Pead was ousted after "extensive deliberations" by the board; three other board members stepped down following the move. FierceHealthIT

> Practice Fusion has launched a new laboratory application programming interface (API) this week, allowing any laboratory to connect directly to its electronic medical record platform and send lab results directly to physicians electronically. Seventy labs already have signed up to participate, according to the company. Announcement

> The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and BCS, the Chartered Institution for IT are collaborating to introduce HIMSS' Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) scale to the U.K. EMRAM is an eight-stage model that classifies a hospital's level of HIT adoption. Currently 68 hospitals globally have attained the highest level of adoption, level 7. Announcement

And Finally... Makes me think twice about going to the dentist. Article