ALSO NOTED: Health IT not likely to shift much in '08; HHS recommends better health data privacy protections; and much more...

> Despite the volume of political dialog on the subject, it seems unlike that there will be big changes in the U.S. health IT infrastructure this year. FierceHealthIT

> An HHS advisory group has recommended that regulators develop stronger protections for shared patient data above and beyond what HIPAA offers. FierceHealthIT

> The death rate of patients who undergo weight-loss surgery in Massachusetts has fallen as volume increased, according to a new state report. Article

> Actor Dennis Quaid claims that staff at Cedar-Sinai told him that his newborns were fine, despite the fact that they were suffering from a serious heparin overdose. Article

> Take a look at the drugs that made it through the rigorous review process and earned FDA approval in 2007. Report

And Finally... You want to really annoy patients? Try doubling parking fees. Article