Weno Healthcare seeks OK for lower-cost EMR certification; UK report calls for more local control;

> On the day the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced the first two authorized EMR certification bodies, we learned that one of the other pending applications came from Austin, Texas-based Weno Healthcare, which expects to charge $14,000  to $18,000 for certification testing, less than CCHIT or Drummond Group. Blog post

> The largest study to date of Britain's Care Records Service project recommends that the National Health Service adopt a "middle-out" approach, permitting more local choice in EMR implementation strategy and governance. Article

> Vinson Hudson and his Jewson Enterprises, long the keeper of a comprehensive database of practice management systems, will offer limited free consulting services on EMR selection. Article

> Welch Allyn has introduced the Connex Electronic Vitals Documentation System, a portable, wireless, touch-screen monitor for collecting patient vital signs at the bedside and transmitting data to EMRs. Article

And Finally... FierceHealthcare counted this as an Also Noted. We'll have a laugh, dude: The psychedelic drug psilocybin, the active ingredient in "magic mushrooms," can reduce depression in terminal cancer patients, according to the Los Angeles Times. Article