UPMC children's hospital reaches HIMSS Stage 7; European study questions value of EHRs;

> Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is the first pediatric hospital in the nation to reach Stage 7 of the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model. Press release

> A major European study finds that EHRs almost invariably increase hospital spending and often take years to produce socioeconomic benefits. Article

> The National Institute of Standards and Technology is looking for vendors to test HIT standards for compatibility with current federal priorities. Article

> Fourteen EMR products now meet the new CCHIT standards for 2011. Article

> A survey from Nuance Communications, maker of speech-recognition software, says 96 percent of physicians are worried that template-driven EHRs will dilute the "unique patient story" in clinical documentation.  Press release

> A new paper from the California Health Care Foundation examines four models of EHR deployment and collaboration at community health centers. Issue brief (.pdf)

And Finally... Nothing, not even being stabbed in the chest, was going to keep this man from having a cup of joe. Article