ONC starts HIT blog; EHR Association urges use of existing standards;

> The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has put up a blog to encourage dialog between the Health IT Standards Committee and Health IT Policy Committee and the general public. Article

> With a short timeline until the federal stimulus program begins, the HIMSS EHR Association, made up primarily of vendors, is recommending that the Health IT Standards Committee not re-open previous decisions about standards. Instead, the vendor group says, the committee should concentrate on helping providers meet the standards already recommended to HHS officials. Article

> The Defense Department has outsourced some of the operations and maintenance work on the AHLTA-Theater EHR. Article

> InterMed, a multispecialty physician practice in Maine, has turned to Dimension Data to install and support an integrated EMR and practice management system, as well as a dedicated contact center. Press release

> Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Miss., which withstood Hurricane Katrina thanks in part to a McKesson EMR, will install Allscripts technology in the offices of its 100 employed physicians. Press release

> Initiate Systems has acquired health information exchange specialist Accenx Technologies. Fact sheet (.pdf)

And Finally... Save the environment while ruining your marriage. Article