VA, DoD expand VLER to Spokane; Don't overlook long-term care for EMRs;

> The VA and Department of Defense have launched their fourth pilot of the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record, this time in Spokane, Wash. Article

> Don't overlook long-term care as a setting where EHRs can improve quality and safety while saving money, according to Eric Ford of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Column

> MediConnect Global, Salt Lake City, has introduced a portal for providers to upload patient records from EMRs so records can be sent by fax or postal mail to those still working with paper. Press release

> Mediware Information Systems is expanding the integration of its blood transfusion management software with Epic Systems' inpatient EMR. Article

> Computer Zone, Rockingham, N.C., is offering zero-percent financing for medical practices looking to purchase EMR systems. Press release

> Linda Reed, CIO of Atlantic Health in New Jersey, discusses how expanding physician EMR access has helped create a viable HIE. Video

And Finally... Wait, you mean the messaging system has to, uh, actually exist before docs can earn incentives for using it? Article

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