More than 80% of eligible hospitals have registered for the MU incentive program; HHS 'wall of shame' tops 500 mark;

> The number of security breaches on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' "wall of shame" has surpassed the 500 mark. There are now 502 incidents of security breaches affecting 500 or more individuals reported to HHS since the rule requiring reporting went into effect in September 2009. Many of the breaches involve patient information stored electronically in electronic health records and affiliated equipment, such as laptops. Website

> More than 80 percent of eligible hospitals, and about half of eligible professionals, have registered for the Meaningful Use incentive program, according to an article in Government Health IT. As of September, about $7.7 billion in incentive payments have been paid out. Article

> The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a contest to encourage the development of an appointment scheduling software application to replace the one currently being used in the VA's VistA EHR system. The contest is intended for commercial vendors to develop solutions and mitigate risks. Entries will be accepted until March 1, 2013. Announcement

And Finally... I can't even imagine what would happen if they ever split up. Article