EHR sales to physicians up; Medsphere joins OSEHRA;

> The fastest sales growth for electronic health records and the heaviest competition was in the physician market, according to a new report released this week by Kalorama Information. Sales to physicians grew 22 percent in 2011, higher than the growth in sales to hospital systems.  Almost 57 percent of office based physicians reported using a full or partial HER in 2011, an increase from 2010. Abstract

> EHRs feature prominently in the fifth annual joint National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) conference on safeguarding patient information, according to the agenda, released April 24. Of the myriad of HIT security topics to be covered at the meeting, being held June 6-7 in Washington, D.C., subjects will include Meaningful Use crosswalks, cloud computing and the security of health information when maximizing accessibility and usability. Agenda

> Medsphere has accepted an invitation to join the Open Source Electronic Health Records Agent (OSEHRA), the Department of Veterans Affairs' EHR development project. The project, launched in 2011, is working to establish an open source developer code repository to enable collaboration and improvements of the VA's VistA EHR system. Announcement

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