ALSO NOTED: BPO for PA health plan; 'Virtual' vendor supports CA EMR upgrade; and much more...

> A Pittsburgh health plan has begun expanding its business process outsourcing. It's already been outsourcing some functions, an effort which began more than 10 year ago. Article

> A California medical group has chosen virtual IT services provider ITelagen to provide EMR and practice management software support during the group's upgrade. Article

>  HHS has begun accepting public comments on how the successor to the American Health Information Community should be designed and implemented. AHIC information

> The Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research has awarded a $10.7 million contract for work on two Web sites to the ECRI institute. Article

And Finally...  Consumers who don't have access to health information may not get the same care as those who do. This project hopes to make such information more accessible. Article