Idaho med center looks to get connected; Western NY insurers encouraging EMR adoption;

> Capital Region Health Care in New Hampshire, already a user of McKesson Horizon Clinicals EMR, is adding McKesson management systems at all its facilities, making us wonder if cross-vendor integration is tougher than it seems. Press release

> Pentucket Medical Associates, a multispecialty group practice in Massachusetts, is going with virtualization and software-as-a-service technology to roll out GE Centricity EMRs across five clinics. Press release

> Portneuf Medical Center is leading an effort to connect 14 hospitals across eastern Idaho--assuming federal funding comes through. Article

> The three dominant insurers in western New York state want the region's health information exchange to encourage more physician adoption of EMRs. Article

> Informatics Corporation of America and Companion Data Services have formed a strategic alliance to help healthcare consortia and state agencies aggregate data from disparate clinical systems. Press release

> In the wake of a recent study indicating that patients often aren't informed of abnormal test results, Utah's Deseret News is calling on patients to be more proactive. Editorial

> There's a new CEO of Siemens Healthcare's U.S. operations. Press release

And Finally... Wouldn't you know that lone-wolf U.S Rep. Dr. Ron Paul, has his own plan for EMRs. Profile