ONC clarifies EHR vs EMR; 4Medica gets meaningful use certification;

> HIMSS promises to work "tirelessly" to keep Congress from rolling back the EHR meaningful use incentives in 2011, according to the new lobbying priority list it published last week. They also hope to convince lawmakers to create a grievance process for providers around meaningful use, eliminate the business associate agreement requirement, and to make the EHR certification process more transparent. Blog post

> Electronic medical records are largely static, localized records that can be difficult to transport between providers, ONC officials say. Electronic health records, on the other hand, are expressly created to allow patient data to move between disparate facilities, providers and institutions. At least, that's ONC's take on it. Blog post

> Culver City, Calif.-based 4Medica just received certification for two products: its Inpatient Cloud Integrated Health Record system and its Integration Engine for ambulatory EMRs. Press release

> Boston-based Partners HealthCare System Inc., just borrowed $420 million to improve its EMR, as well as to refinance its debt, hospital officials said according to Bloomberg news service. Article

> Check out the hoops your government colleagues are having to jump through to secure their systems, courtesy of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. You can bet regulators will be expecting you to do the same. Article

And finally... See how Facebook may end up taking the place of stoplight cameras. Article

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