Blue button to expand; Kansas HIE postpones dissolution vote;

> The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Department of Veterans Affairs are launching an initiative to automate the VA's "Blue Button" web tool beyond the VA by asking people to help develop standards and specifications for it. The Blue Button enables patients to download and send their health information securely via a patient portal. Post

> Kansas' health information exchange, which was slated to vote August 8 on whether it should dissolve and turn its authority over to the state, has decided instead to study the matter further and address the pros and cons of dissolution at its next meeting in September. Article

> Science Application International Corporation (SAIC) has completed its acquisition of maxIT Healthcare Holdings, Inc., the largest private independent electronic health record implementation and health IT consulting company in North America. Announcement

And Finally... Why can't they do this to the #$%@ deer in my backyard? Article