Blumenthal explains standards and certification; Tenn., Pa. the latest to receive federal EMR funds;

> National health IT coordinator Dr. David Blumenthal explains the standards and certification criteria that accompany meaningful use. Letter

> Tennessee will receive $2.7 million and Pennsylvania $1.42 million in federal matching funds to support EMR implementation. Article

> EMR adoption is at the top of the 2010 wish list of a widely read Silicon Valley tech columnist--but someone please tell him Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault are breathless hype at this point. Column

> Practice management software vendor AdvancedMD Software has entered the EMR market with the acquisition of Richland, Wash.-based PracticeOne. Article

> Mountain States Health Alliance, serving 29 counties in Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina, has chosen Allscripts EHR and practice management software for 300 physicians. Press release

> Following a free trial, an Illinois orthopedic practice has decided to stick with the SRSsoft "hybrid" EMR. Press release

> Britain's Conservative Party pledges online EMRs for all National Health Service patients if the Tories win national elections this year. Article

And Finally... Hey, if ya gotta eat, ya gotta eat. Video