Super-sized HIEs rising up nationwide; Text searches of EMRs a good method to ID postoperative complications;

> Even as some health information exchange projects fail, others are rising to take their place, and some are quite large. The two latest examples are regional HIEs in western Pennsylvania (ClinicalConnect) and southern California (Inland Empire Health Information Exchange). FierceHealthIT

> Speaking of HIEs, Houston-based Memorial Hermann Healthcare officially launched its own health information exchange this week, which will allow it to communicate with various hospitals and facilities in that region, Health Data Management reports. Article

> Free-text searches of clinical and progress notes in patient electronic medical records were more effective than searches relying on administrative data codes when trying to identify postoperative complications in surgery patients, a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds. Abstract

> In an interview with EHRWatch published on Government Health IT, health IT consultant Christie Kelly talks about how her firm helped a Pennsylvania-based practice achieve Meaningful Use for its electronic health record system, and gives tips for those who are trying to follow suit. Post

And Finally... Let's face it, he's never going away. Article