EHRs lacking in clinical best practices; Blogger: No mandate exists for EHRs;

> Clinical best practices that can reduce mortality rates for congestive heart failure patients are lacking on electronic health records, according to a new study conducted by Los Angeles-based clinical decision support solutions provider Zynx Health, InformationWeek Healthcare reports. Out of 79 hospitals initially examined, only 62 percent of those hospitals' EHRs boasted processes for lowering CHF patients' mortality. Article

> No mandate for EHRs exists, according to a blog post published this week at EMR and HIPAA by John Lynn. "Certainly there are incentives to use EHR and penalties if you don't use EHR, but that's not a mandate," he says. Post

> Meaningful Use is an "all-or-nothing bet" according to Stanley Huff, M.D., chief medical informatics officer at Salt Lake City's Intermountain Healthcare, who spoke with FierceHealthIT this week. "The money is short term, so it doesn't increase the resource pool much. It's not going to increase your budget 10 percent long term, for instance," he added. Interview

And Finally... Didn't the space shuttle Discovery just do this with a 747? Article