D.C. seeks to shed complex data sharing network; ONC initiatives tackle HIEs;

> Reston-Va.-based QuadraMed will buy the healthcare arm of NCR Corp., a Chicago-based technology company. NCR's products include wayfinding and check-in kiosks and patient portals. Release

> Washington, D.C., wants to develop a secure email system for the district's healthcare providers to share health information data in an effort to move away from complex, full-service data networks. If successful, the project could go nationwide. Article

> The Premier healthcare alliance, a national performance improvement organization with more than 2,500 hospitals members and members at 80,000 additional sites, has awarded a group purchasing agreement to Authentidate for remote patient physiological and vital signs monitoring. Article

> Two new ONC projects--the Query Health Initiative and the Public Health Reporting Initiative--have public and population health issues at their core. Both are "well underway" as part of the Standards and Interoperability (S&I) Framework project, an ONC-sponsored collaboration open to all focused on solving interoperability challenges in order to facilitate Meaningful Use objectives. Article

And Finally... Looks like E.T. doesn't have to phone home, after all. Article