EMRs boost quality compliance for group practices; HHS seeks info on HIE and outcomes reporting;

> EMRs are helping participants in the Medicare Physician Group Practice Demonstration achieve high rates of compliance. Article

> HHS has asked vendors to chime in with ideas for promoting health information exchanges and a framework for reporting quality and outcomes. Article

> Chalk one up for the rule of unintended consequences: Thanks to a coding error in its computer system, the Department of Veterans Affairs mistakenly informed 1,200 Gulf War vets that they had Lou Gehrig's disease. Article

> HHS has published standards for notifying individuals of security breaches in personal health records. FierceHealthIT

> Ambulatory EMR vendor MedLink International has named quality improvement and medical informatics veteran Dr. Abha Agrawal to its advisory board. Press release

> Phoenix Children's Hospital has attained a 99 percent adoption rate for its CPOE system. Article

> Informatics Corporation of America has started certifying integration partners for its ambulatory EMR. Press release

> A small Louisiana community hospital is going open source with its EMR. Article

And Finally... Is there any wonder why cardiology is a booming business? Article