Maine governor calls EMRs 'critical' to health reform; MedQuist to integrate computer-assisted coding;

> While warming up the crowd for President Obama, Maine Gov. John Baldacci reminded supporters of health reform that EMRs represent "a critical element." Article

> Clinical documentation vendor MedQuist will integrate EMscribe computer-assisted coding software from Artificial Medical Intelligence into its CodeRunner product. News brief

> A group of 37 Democratic senators are asking HHS to provide more flexibility to providers in meeting "meaningful use." Article

> The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is joining with the American College of Physicians, the American Osteopathic Association of Medical Informatics and the Medical Group Management Association to educate healthcare professionals and consumers about how PHRs can enhance care coordination. Press release

> HHS has awarded a $25.8 million contract to controversial public relations firm Ketchum to spread the message that EMRs are secure. FierceHealthIT

And Finally... Maybe they'll send the K-9 unit to enforce this law. Article