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by athenahealth Blogmaster,

Hopefully you already follow us on Twitter, the mini-blog where we provide readers—including industry leaders—with quick and helpful news links on health IT, dispatches from the sizzling hot EHR front, as well as the latest on medical billing, practice management and broader health care issues.

But in case you miss our tweets, check out this blog through the week for a short collection of info items, articles, and stories we find worth sharing:

--Of recent interest was this letter from the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Dr. David Blumenthal, asking the industry to prevent a ‘digital divide’ when it comes to serving minority populations with EHRs. At athenahealth, we feel like we’re already there. We offer physicians in underserved communities a low-cost path to adoption. We harness the power of the Internet to give them the exact same tools that we provide to the biggest and best-funded practices we serve. We’ve found that our patented rules engine lets physicians navigate the common Medicaid problems that so often result in physicians turning away these at-risk populations—and we offer a broad range of population management functionality that serves communities that struggle with diabetes, asthma, etc.

--In the days following the Nov. 2 midterm elections, many want to know what will happen to all the major shifts in health care initiated by the Obama administration. The Wall Street Journal’s health care blog has some answers. You also might want to check out the comments there.

--Now to go back a few days. Even before the official work day started one morning in October, several of us paused mid-sip from our coffee to listen more closely to this NPR story about the struggle between independence and acquisition among hospitals and medical practices.

--That piece had us tuned in the next morning, coffee in hand, for the second half of the NPR reportage.

--And again from the Wall Street Journal, reporter Katherine Rosman explains the latest findings on trends in cell phone, text message, and social media use. This is ground we covered extensively in our whitepaper and webinar on patient communications.

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