What do you do when your EMR dies; Phytel softward enables docs to be proactive with patient care;

> HIStalk's "Reader's Write" edition, which published on Wednesday, included three interesting pieces dealing with the issues of usability of electronic medical record systems, cloud computing and interoperability. Definitely worth a read if you have time. Articles

> Dr. Westby G. Fisher, a cardiologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Ill. also known as Dr. Wes, wrote an insightful post that appears on The Health Care Blog entitled The Day the Electronic Medical Record Died. I won't spoil the surprise, but it does make you think twice about healthcare's ultimate bottom line. Post

> New software from health IT company Phytel enables physicians to identify and get in touch with patients who are at risk for health complications, InformationWeek Healthcare reports. According to Phytel CEO Steve Schelhammer, the tools, which will integrate with a patient's EMR data, will help providers planning to participate in accountable care organizations. Article

> In response to tough times and an uncertain reimbursement future, medical practices spent 2.2 percent less to run their practices in 2010, reveals a new survey from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). FiercePracticeManagement

And Finally... Soon we'll start seeing labels proclaiming "Warning, gum may be excessively sticky." Article