ALSO NOTED: Wal-Mart ponders EMRs for retail clinics; Leavitt checks out HIT in Africa; and much more...

> Rumor Mill:  Who will become the EMR vendor of choice for the retail/convenient clinic world? A reliable source tells me a certain worldwide retail giant (OK, it's Wal-Mart) will be making a choice soon, once which should set the pace for the entire industry.

> HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt is headed to Africa to check out the results of U.S. funding in the fight against HIV/AIDS and malaria, overseeing projects that include HIT components. Article

> Trend: Hospitals are increasingly implementing new software and technologies--or developing add-ons to existing software--designed to help them track hospital-acquired infections. Article

>  Case study: As elsewhere in the country, health systems in the Hampton Roads section of Virginia are struggling to finance HIT improvements. Article

> Case study: A Philadelphia hospital has spent $500,000 to roll out a new electronic system designed to streamline medication administration. Article

And Finally...  What can health IT managers learn from Thomas Edison? Video