Tornado-struck hospital reconnects; SC REC enrolls over 1,000;

> Less than a week after a devastating tornado blew through Joplin, Mo., St. John's Medical Center set up a new, temporary hospital connected to its new EHR system, which went live on May 1. "Our [EHR] contains all of the records of our patients before the storm. We don't have to worry about losing a paper chart or having it damaged by water or rain," said Bob Dodson, MD, who is helping to set up the hospital, to the Carthage Press. Article

> South Carolina's regional extension center has reached an initial goal of enrolling 1,000 primary-care providers--about 20 percent of the providers in the state--seeking to meet Meaningful Use requirements. It is the second REC in the nation (Massachusetts was the first) to meet its initial enrollment goal. Article

> A new personal health record platform will be launched this summer by California-based MotherKnows, a provider of online medical records, to give parents greater access to their children's health records. Information on MotherKnows can be accessed directly by physicians or other caregiver when authorized by parents. Article

> Reps. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) are introducing legislation that calls for Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payments to go to each campus of a multi-campus hospital system. Letter (.pdf)

And Finally... He probably should have used his inside voice. Article