ConnectVirginia now live with Direct Messaging; Allscripts unveils new Wand iPad EHR app;

> Providers throughout Virginia now will be able to securely share patient health information electronically as ConnectVirginia--the Commonwealth's health information exchange--now has Direct Messaging capabilities. According to an announcement this morning, Direct Messaging will be free until April 1, 2013; after that, it will cost $180 annually for each address. Announcement

> A pilot program in Northern California quantifies the impact on patients of scribe use for filling in electronic medical records, FiercePracticeManagement reports. In particular, the four-month study involving six community clinics revealed that 36 percent of patients said they were "more satisfied" with their office visit. Article

> A new native iPad application from Allscripts--Allscripts Wand--allows doctors to view electronic health record information on-demand and input real-time information into a patient's EHR. The app also enables e-prescription capabilities, according to the company. Announcement

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