Five states win $600K grants to share records; meridianEMR unveils native iPhone app;

> Five states--Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Oklahoma and Rhode Island--were each awarded $600,000 grants to support the electronic sharing of health records with behavioral health and general medical providers, Healthcare IT News reports. Article

> Private sector buy-in and an alignment of state and federal policies is essential to the long-term success of health information exchanges, a paper published this week by The Brookings Institution concludes. FierceHealthIT

> MeridianEMR, an electronic health record company geared toward urologists, last week unveiled a native iPhone app to complement its meridianEMR system. The app enables retrieval and modification of patient information, and also allows providers to access patient pharmacy and billing information, the company announced. Announcement

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