Allscripts, sues Epic and New York City Health and Hospitals Corp.; Hackers demand ransom to release stolen patient records;

> The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released the 2014 edition of the test method of electronic health record certification, according to a Dec. 14 announcement. The 2014 edition is now available for use in testing and certifying EHR technology. Website

> Denver-based software developer HealthTrio has sued Aetna for patent infringement. HealthTrio claims that Aetna infringed 10 patents related to its EHR and personal health record software. Article

> And in more litigation news, Allscripts has sued rival Epic and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., claiming that the latter failed to follow the rules of the competitive bidding process and overlooked millions in cost savings when it awarded an EHR contract to Epic. Article

> Extortionists hacked into an Australian medical center's electronic patient records system, encrypted the data, and demanded a ransom of $4,000 Australian dollars to restore access. The medical center, thus far, has refused to pay up, attempting instead to recreate the electronic files. Article

And Finally... But a nice cabernet also would have been heart-healthy. Article