GE offers interest-free loans to boost EMR spending; MI to connect medical, pharmacy data statewide;

> General Electric has set aside $100 million for no-interest loans to help doctors and hospitals acquire GE Centricity EMRs and related technology until federal stimulus incentives kick in a year and a half from now. FierceHealthFinance

> MedCentral Health System in Mansfield, OH, has gone live with Siemens' new data-mining tool, Soarian Quality Measures, to help automate chart abstraction and quality reporting to CMS and the Joint Commission. Press release

> The chairman of eHealth Ontario in Canada has stepped down in the wake of a spending and contracting scandal--without receiving a penny for his work. Article

> Britain's Department of Health has abandoned expansion plans for a PHR project, thanks to lengthy delays and low public interest. Article

> Nashville, TN-based Informatics Corporation of America is positioning its clinical data aggregator as an "eco-friendly" alternative to ripping and replacing legacy systems. Press release

> Mills-Peninsula Health Services is the first Sutter Health hospital to have a fully functional EMR. Story and video

> The Michigan State Medical Society is leaning on Microsoft's HealthVault to help connect medical and pharmacy data statewide. FierceHealthcare

> Geneva (OH) Medical Center is the launch site for the University Hospitals system's $100 million EMR project. Article

And Finally... If this isn't an argument in favor of clinical decision support, I don't know what is. Article