EMRs still pricey for small practices; CT hospital makes Stark investment;

> While e-prescribing and electronic billing offer quick payback for small medical practices, EMRs still seem to cost more than they save. FierceHealthFinance

> A Connecticut hospital has purchased 100 EMR licenses, 80 of which will go to independent physicians under the Stark exemption. Article

> Athenahealth co-founder Todd Park has been named chief technology officer at HHS. Article

> Allscripts has enlisted Merge Healthcare to improve image distribution in its flagship EHR product. Press release

> The early response to a CMS pilot of commercial PHRs in Arizona has been less than overwhelming. Story

> Google is fighting back against the political rhetoric thrown at its PHR in Britain. Article

> HIMSS has launched a wiki to help developers share best practices for clinical decision support. FierceHealthIT

> The HHS Office for Civil Rights will take over HIPAA security enforcement responsibilities from CMS. FierceHealthcare

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