ALSO NOTED: McKesson buys hospital tracking software firm; Vermont HIE moving along; and much more...

> Health data giant McKesson Corp. is acquiring Awarix Inc., a smaller vendor that designs patient tracking software for hospitals. Article

> Vermont has set up a project--intended a precursor to a statewide HIE--in which a new system retrieves medication histories. Article

> A group of VA hospitals have begun deploying automated disease surveillance systems to track hospital-acquired infections such as MRSA. Article

> Excellus Blue Cross is borrowing from the content "mashup" model used by Web 2.0 firms to build an "enterprise mashup" linking varied IT systems. Article

> A Pennsylvania hospital has begun a new project under which it will remotely monitor some Medicare patients with chronic conditions. Article

> With the help of consultant Dimensional Data, Washington, D.C.-based Children's National Medical Center is rebuilding its 20-year-old voice and data communications network. Article

And Finally...  Consider yourself dissed! According to Intel Chairman Craig Barrett, the healthcare industry has access to all of the technology it needs to address reform issues, but is doing a terrible job of using it. Article