New York REC hits 1,000 mark; Australian electronic health record rejects names with non-alphanumeric characters;

> The New York Regional Extension Center announced this week that 1,000 of its providers have been certified as having met Meaningful Use, making it the first REC in the nation to hit that milestone. Announcement

> The Pennsylvania eHealth Collaborative has created a new grant program to encourage providers to begin sharing patient data over the internet by during direct messaging. The program is intended to help providers who don't have the resources or capability to join a more comprehensive health information exchange. Announcement

> Australia's personally controlled electronic health record reportedly rejects name that contain non-alphanumeric characters like apostrophes, according to The Register. The system has been running behind schedule. Article

And Finally... Geez, I hope my kids have higher goals than this. Article