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AMA takes its Break the Red Tape campaign to Seattle tonight, where it will co-host a town hall with the Washington State Medical Association. AMA President Steven Stack will be on hand to encourage physicians to share their EHR war stories and their concerns around Stage 3 of Meaningful Use. Similar events were held last year in Atlanta and Boston. The free live stream kicks off at 7 pm PT.

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Remember when computer games were simple? I remember being mesmerized by the soft glow of solitaire after my parents purchased our family’s first desktop computer. My how times have changed. Donald Rumsfeld, of all people, also shares my love for the game – so much so that he has created an app of a version once played by Winston Churchill. The former US defense secretary learned the game – “an incredibly devilish version of solitaire” – in 1973 from a Belgian diplomat who learned it from Churchill himself.


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EHR vendor Prime Clinical Systems partners with Sphinx Medical Technologies to develop an answering service app that integrates with Prime Clinical’s Patient Chart Manager EHR and OnStaff PM system.


CareSync joins Athenahealth’s More Disruption Please program, offering AthenaClinicals users access to its chronic-care management platform.

EHNAC and the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center collaborate on the adoption of secure, identity-validated health information exchange via Direct, and development of additional uses of Direct for secure and encrypted health data exchange. Deliverables will include educational materials and presentations, incident response, and impact analysis.


Family Care Partners names Thomas Watson (Aetna) CEO, Paul Miller (Cornerstone Healthcare) CFO, and Clay Lowder, MD (Colonial Family Practice) CMO.



Minneapolis-based startup RetraceHealth raises $500,000 from a group of investors that includes Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, HealthEast Care System (MN), and McKesson Ventures. This latest round wraps up its $1 million fundraising round that started last summer. The company offers virtual visits, house calls, and lab services. I love founder Thompson Aderinkomi’s professional headline on LinkedIn: “The problem with healthcare is the price.”



Proving once again that employees are a company’s greatest security threat, St. Louis-based payer Centene discloses that six hard drives containing the PHI of 950,000 members are unaccounted for among its “inventory of IT assets.” The drives were part of a data project using laboratory results to improve the health outcomes of its members. A search for the missing drives is ongoing.


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