Mostashari calls MU, interoperability toughest challenges for 2012; WebMD abandons sale, CEO resigns;

> Writing for healthsystemCIO.com, Will Weider, CIO of Menasha, Wis.-based Ministry Health Care and Affinity Health System, says he's made a habit of performing a root cause analysis following IT service interruptions. "Even if the cause of the service interruption is a simple fix, sooner or later stuff is going to hit the fan," he writes. Commentary

> In an interview with HealthLeaders Media, National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari lists the three toughest challenges for 2012: \Meaningful Use, information exchange and interoperability, and maintaining privacy and security. Interview

> WebMD Health has abandoned plans to merge or sell, and CEO Wayne Gattinella has resigned, according to a MarketWatch brief. The company's revenue could fall between 2 percent and 8 percent compared with 2011 revenue, according to the post. Brief

> In his most recent blog post, Keith Boone--aka the Motorcycle Guy--outlines the various "characters" present during a Health IT Standards meeting. Among those listed are the "Venerated Ancient," who has "been around since dirt" and the "Speed Talker," who he says is "like listening to an auctioneer. Blog post

And Finally... The headline says it all. Article

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