QSII enters hospital market with acquisition; Upstart lab sees EMR connectivity as its advantage;

> Quality Systems, parent company of NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, has a deal to acquire Opus Healthcare Solutions, an inpatient EMR vendor serving small, mostly rural hospitals. Press release

> Upstart diagnostic lab firm Laboratory and BioDiagnostics (LabDx) is hoping direct connectivity between its testing equipment and physician EMRs will help it challenge the likes of Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp among independent practices and small hospitals. Article

> Executives of rural hospitals doubt they will be able to achieve "meaningful use" of EMRs under the current CMS proposal. Blog

> Leave it to Wall Street to deliver a buzz kill. Some top EMR vendors saw their stock prices drop by more than 10 percent in January. Article

> The Obama administration wants $4 million next year to help the FDA develop a medical device registry that's tied to electronic health data. Article

> Siemens Healthcare and NextGen Healthcare Information Systems have renewed their alliance to sell ambulatory EMRs to hospitals and health systems. Press release

And Finally... Seriously, what kind of person steals an ambulance anyway? Article