Central Illinois HIE goes live; Twitter traffic spikes during SCOTUS announcement on health reform;

> The Central Illinois Health Information Exchange became the first regional HIE in the state to go live last week. The exchange will be run by Nashville, Tenn.-based interoperability technology company ICA. The HIE will serve 1.3 million people in 20 counties. Announcement

> Traffic on Twitter spiked to more than 13,000 healthcare reform-related tweets per minute immediately following the announcement of the Supreme Court's ruling on health reform last Thursday, according to a recent San Francisco Chronicle blog post. Post

> Successful patient engagement in their own care is only possible if providers first properly assess their IT strategy, says InformationWeek Healthcare editor Paul Cerrato in a commentary this week. He compares healthcare professionals to car mechanics, referring to those who simply plug in new technologies following snap judgments in hopes that they'll be effective as "parts changers," and calling real mechanics those who work through diagnostic processes to find root causes to different problems. Commentary

> The Richmond, Va.-based Foundation for Health Improvement and Technology (FHIT) is partnering with educational web portal company LecturePad.org to better educate physicians on advancements in testing for cardiovascular and related metabolic diseases, FHIT announced this week. Announcement

And Finally… File this under "priorities, straight." Article

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