Allscripts adds to its board; 3M officially opens access to its Healthcare Data Dictionary;

> Following the big shake-up at electronic health record vendor Allscripts in April in which three board members left after the dismissal of chairman Phil Pead, the company has added two independent directors to its board: Former Cerner Chief Operating Officer Paul Black and The Hon. Robert Cindrich, a former senior vice president and chief legal officer for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Announcement

> Boston-based Partners HealthCare is in talks with EHR vendor Epic to replace its records system, reports the Boston Globe. The implementation is expected to cost roughly $600 million over a 10-year span, and would replace the hospital system's custom-built system. Article

> 3M officially announced plans this week to open access to its Healthcare Data Dictionary (3M HDD) under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. News of the move--which makes the 3M HDD content available to providers, payers, vendors and public health agencies--was first reported in early April. Announcement

And Finally… There has to be a better way. Article

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