Facebook app helps transplant patients keep track of meds; House Rep. calls for spotlight on health IT errors;

> Use of electronic health record software is slowly but surely rising in physicians' offices across the U.S. In particular, more mid-sized and large practices are implementing EHR systems, according to a recent survey by healthcare marketing solutions firm SK&A. FierceEMR

> In a letter last week to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) called for a more thorough investigation of the safety of health IT systems and the possibility of medical errors. Article

> Direct Project exchange protocols coordinator Arien Malec is leaving the Office of the National Coordinator, reports Government Health IT. Malec, who called working for ONC "like working for the world's biggest startup" in his departure letter, is heading back to the private sector. Article

> The University of Iowa Children's Hospital developed new software--Iowa MedMinder--that will allow transplant patients to keep track of their medication updates via Facebook. A customized box that appears on a patient's Facebook page allows him or her to click on medications they have taken that day; the information then is passed along to the patient's primary-care physician. Announcement

And Finally... Kramer and his intern should have moved to Chicago. Article


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