Michigan to seek federal HIE grants; IOM wants ethnicity, language standards in EMRs;

> Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says her state will seek federal funding for a health information exchange. Article

> The IOM says HHS should set standards on recording patient ethnicity and language proficiency in EMRs to bolster research outcomes. Article

> Orlando, FL-based HIT Systems is partnering with Aprima Medical Software to offer an integrated EMR and practice management suite to small and mid-size physician practices. Press release

> Open-source EMR vendor Medsphere Systems has completed an implementation at a small Utah hospital. Press release

> Hospital chain IASIS Healthcare has finished installing a single sign-on module at seven of its 15 facilities. Press release

And Finally... What does it mean when a health plan gets "intimate" with its customers? Press release