CMS extends PHR pilot; Wash. critical-access hospital is first customer of Medsphere partnership;

> CMS is extending a pilot in South Carolina of PHRs that incorporate claims data from both Medicare and the Military Health System's Tricare, citing an unexpectedly high level of participation. Article

> A partnership between IT consultancy Phoenix Health Systems and EMR vendor Medsphere Systems to digitize records at critical-access hospitals has its first customer, Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata, Wash. Article

> We're not sure if this qualifies as an EHR that will get you to meaningful use, but Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee Health Care Service Corp. is teaming with its wholly owned subsidiary MEDecision and analytics partner Availilty to develop what they're calling an EHR that helps identify patient-specific health risks. Press release

> The British Medical Association wants the UK Department of Health to suspend implementation of the Summary Care Record EMR until patients are given the right to opt out of the system. Article

And finally... At least she won't have to worry about her jewelry ever being stolen again. Article