Most group practices purchasing EHRs; FDA launches campaign to warn about illegal online pharmacies;

> A recent survey of more than 950 physician groups by health IT research firm CapSite finds that most group practices (69 percent) are purchasing electronic health record systems. Twenty percent of respondents say they plan to purchase a new EHR system, while the same amount anticipate upgrading their current system. Report table of contents (.pdf)

> The Food and Drug Administration last week launched a national online campaign to warn U.S. residents about fraudulent online pharmacies selling counterfeit medications, the Boston Globe reports. The campaign--dubbed BeSafeRx--gives residents tips for spotting such pharmacies. The campaign's website offers users links to state databases of licensed pharmacies. Article

> The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange recently launched a website for sharing implementation challenges and solutions involved in the implementation of CORE operating rules, Health Data Management reports. Organizations can submit their issues for free to the group's online database, and can search through the documented implementation problems and solutions others have posted, as well. Post

And Finally… That'll make one heck of a jack-o-lantern. Article


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