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After Figuring Out the Definition of "Is," They Now Tackle "Certified"

The US stimulus bill included a provision to fund hospitals and doctors to switch to electronic health records, though the language of the bill (PDF) says the funds will be for the "meaningful use of certified" electronic health record systems. The Wall Street Journal's Health Blog says that guidances should be coming soon on what the terms "meaningful use" and "certified" actually mean. "Meaningful use is very much on our mind," David Blumenthal, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, says. "We hope to provide a direction and some specifications in the late spring, early summer."

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.