U.S. EHR market to hit $6.5B this year; HIMSS, MGMA collaborate on HIE toolkit for docs;

> A new report from Frost & Sullivan predicts the U.S. hospital electronic health record market will hit $6.5 billion this year, primarily due to new licensing and upgrades. According to researchers, the market earned revenues of $973.2 million in 2009. Announcement

> Standards organization Health Level Seven International, better known as HL7, is working with the National Cancer Institute to facilitate the delivery of clinical trial data to clinicians via their electronic health records, FierceHealthIT reports. The effort will use HL7's Clinical Document Architecture, which is also the foundation of the clinical summary that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposes to use in the 2014 edition of certified EHR technology. Article

> The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the medical Group Management Association and the American College of Medical Practice Executives are teaming up to create an toolkit that will help physician practices with health information exchange, HIMSS announced this week. The toolkit specifically targets ambulatory practices. Announcement

And Finally... Or, we could just keep the leap year ... Article