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> Cerner shares continue to surge on Wall Street. The Kansas City health IT player hit a new all-time high of $97.40 Tuesday afternoon. Article 

> Aethon, which has developed a self-driving robot tweaked for hospital delivery applications, said it has secured $11 million in venture financing from Trident Capital. Release

> The Philippine government admits the exodus of medical talent is a problem after a dramatic new report which warns hundreds of hospitals in the country may close. Article

> Writing in the San Jose Mercury News, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) said standards will lay the groundwork for improved medical records. Op-Ed

> Consultancy BearingPoint said healthcare organizations are accelerating their adoption of RFID technology. Release

> Covisint has delivered a plan to General Motors which says the car maker could save up to $660 million in annual costs by improving information sharing. Article

> Financial transaction company MetaVante said it has acquired healthcare payments specialist AdminSource. Release

> Certification group CCHIT has a call out for vendors to participate in the group's pilot tests of EHR systems at doctor's offices. Report (pdf)

> Hospitals are bracing for the public release of the results of Medicare's new 27-question patient survey on quality. Article

> Videophone and VoIP provider Packet8 announced it will hold a holiday "Call Santa" event for hospitalized kids again this year. Release

> The California Medical Board has reversed an earlier decision not to censure six doctors involved in the death of a Kaiser Permanente patient. Article

And Finally... Connectologist Tim Gee probes health IT's dirty little secret: vendor lock-in. Blog