HIE building efforts get a lift with open-source software update; Baylor pegs AT&T to help build its HIE;

> The Alembic Foundation has released the second version of its open-source health information exchange software to the public. Based on the CONNECT program developed for the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN), Aurion 4.1 contains bug "fixes," software updates, and new features designed to enhance scalability, performance and platform neutrality. --Read more at FierceHealthIT

> Baylor Health Care System is using AT&T's Healthcare Community Online to help build its health information exchange, the telecommunications company announced last week. The effort will link up more than 4,000 physicians at 26 hospitals, 23 joint ventured ambulatory surgical centers, 50 satellite outpatient locations, four senior centers and 156 HealthTexas Provider Network physician clinics. Announcement

> A study published in the November edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology determines that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a big problem for radiology departments at hospitals, reports Health Imaging. Researchers discovered that only slightly more than half of interventional radiologists surveyed wore gowns, while 50 percent wore caps and 54 percent used full barrier precautions for central line placement. Article

> A Lincoln, Ill.-based physician contends that he was removed from his job because the hospital he was affiliated with didn't provide him with enough training and support in his use of the hospital's new electronic health record system. The physician, Dr. Steve Kottemann says that he had no computer skills before Family Medical Center of Lincoln instituted a new EHR system, and didn't receive much training after its implementation. --Read more at FierceEMR

And Finally... Duke-UNC. Yankees-Red Sox. Domino's-Papa John's? Rivalries are rivalries, I suppose. Article


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