ONC lists certified EHRs; Fears grow about privacy even in de-identified EHRs;

> The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has created a list of certified health IT products that will be updated as new EHR certifications are announced. Website

> As EHRs start to become pervasive in physician practices--thanks in no small measure to federal incentives--there's a growing worry that electronically collected health data could violate individual privacy, even when the data has been stripped of personally identifiable information. FierceGovernmentIT

> The requirement to report on quality measures in order to receive Medicare and Medicaid EMR subsidies does not mean President Obama wants to know your BMI rating, yet some Americans still have this and other misconceptions about EMRs and health reform. Blog

> In a podcast with Hospitals & Health Networks, national coordinator Dr. David Blumenthal acknowledges that regulations for "meaningful use" of EMRs may challenge providers and vendors, but says the incentive program will lead to better, safer care. Podcast

> MedPlus, the health IT subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics, is bundling its Care360 web-based EMR product with hardware, services and financing from Hewlett-Packard, and will sell the offering via online retailer HealthDynamix. Press release

> Medical transcription company Webmedx will integrate natural language processing technology from NLP International Corp. into its QualityAnalytics products to broaden data mining and search functionality. Press release

> Catholic Health Initiatives has endorsed Allscripts as its preferred ambulatory EHR provider for 7,200 affiliated physicians in 18 states, adding to an earlier deal to implement the Allscripts product for all 1,050 employed physicians. Press release

And Finally... SEEDIE, the Society for Exorbitantly Expensive and Difficult to Implement EHRs, takes aim at the growing number of ARRA-associated acronyms. Website