Electronic Health Records

An electronic health record (EHR) stores all of an individual patient's information in electronic format. The record is maintained by the provider over time and may include the patient's medical history, current medications, demographics, doctor's notes and other important administrative information. Issues concerning EHRs include data exchange, privacy and security, and patient consent. The final rule for Meaningful Use, released on July 13, 2010, allows hospitals to qualify for thousands of dollars in stimulus funding for the adoption of electronic health records.

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Here are some quotes from anonymous hospital CIOs that may sound familiar: "Morale is really bad; folks are burned out." "ICD-10 will never happen, we'll just keep spending money on it." "Doing more with less can only go so far." But there are reasons for optimism these days that shouldn't be forgotten.
October 30, 2014
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The American Medical Association released a statement Monday that points to the organization's concern over the recent departure of key leaders from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The ONC exits most recently include the coordinator herself, Karen DeSalvo, MD.
October 28, 2014
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The topic at the Cleveland Clinic annual summit this Monday was healthcare innovation -- what's impeding it, what more is needed to foster it and the innovation milestones taking place today. It may come as no surprise: Health IT came up a lot at this year's event. (And, yes, so did Judy Faulkner.)
October 28, 2014
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In the first batch of financial results reported since its acquisition of Siemens was announced in August, Cerner Corporation showed a robust third quarter on Thursday.
October 24, 2014
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With basic health IT now near-ubiquitous across healthcare, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has announced substantial new funding meant to help practices put that technology to work delivering value-based care.
October 23, 2014
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With more than 350 exhibitors on the show floor, including many for the first time, MGMA's exhibit hall is expected to be abuzz with activity and fresh ideas. There's also a "Tweet Street."
October 23, 2014
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"I've never seen this level of frustration in our membership, as I have in the past six to eight months or so," says MGMA Senior Policy Advisor Robert Tennant. "It's not just meaningful use. But that is certainly one of the catalysts."
October 23, 2014
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The healthcare industry is swimming in Social Security numbers, thanks to the necessities of patient record management technology. But balancing those requirements with fraud mitigation and privacy protections is proving a big challenge.
October 23, 2014
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Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences was announced as the latest HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 award winner on Wednesday. It's the most recent provider to climb the ladder toward complete EMR maturity in the past week.
October 22, 2014
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The Ebola cases in the United States, despite their limited numbers, have generated considerable discussion and anxiety. But the focus on EHRs in these discussions does not recognize more prominent health IT needs when it comes potential outbreaks, nor the ways we have yet to meet most of these needs with incentives and infrastructure.
October 22, 2014
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For wearable technology to live up to the hype, especially when it comes to healthcare, it will have to be "interoperable, integrated, engaging, social and outcomes-driven," according to PwC.
October 21, 2014
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One of the most frequent complaints in John Halamka's email inbox these days is that electronic health records are filled with data, but little knowledge or wisdom. The era of Ebola, he says, has accelerated the urgency for us to rethink the way we document.
October 21, 2014
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The move to ICD-10 can be daunting. But it doesn’t have to be. That’s why it’s so important to begin the necessary work today. Ready yourself for the coming ICD-10 changes and their potential impact on your practice. Educate yourself with this new eBook, which contains plenty of expert advice to help your practice effectively prepare for ICD-10.
December 3, 2013
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Did you know that nearly 50% of providers are switching EHRs? There are many reasons EHR users need replacement systems. Do you what those reasons are? Should you be part of the 50% who are switching EHRs? In this new eBook, you’ll learn what’s sparking this trend and whether you need to hop on board.
December 3, 2013
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Unlock the Power of Your EHR! Gain leverage by optimizing your EHR. That’s what EHR optimization is all about. Creating leverage for your practice to be all it can be for your patients, your staff, and you! This eBook will summarize best practices for fine tuning your EHR system.
December 3, 2013
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A comprehensive eBook, offering the tips and tools to help healthcare professionals on the path to MU and beyond.
May 9, 2013
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Without connectivity, care coordination just won’t happen. Achieve clinical integration and improve care coordination. NextGen™ Health Information Exchange allows you to connect the dots, gain the ability to share patient information and track quality improvement. Make the connections that put you on a winning path toward collaborative care. Download our whitepaper to discover insider tips to creating an HIE that: Improves clinical integration; Enhances patient safety; Achieves enterprise, community, and statewide healthcare connectivity.
January 3, 2013
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Choosing an EHR, whether it's your first EHR or you are looking to switch, can be a daunting task. Make sure you choose wisely. Learn what to look for in your EHR partner and hear from current NextGen Healthcare clients in EHR Reality Check. In this piece, you'll see: Why an EHR is more about the user, not IT; The importance of your EHR's stability; The value of a 100% US-based support team.
January 3, 2013
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Where do you fit in the American healthcare ecosystem? You need to know. Where does your practice stand relative to one of the most complex, interconnected, and constantly evolving business models in the history of healthcare? Being clear on where you are in the stakeholder spectrum, and what you need to do to succeed, is essential to meeting today’s healthcare marketplace demands. The tools needed to capture, organize, and share healthcare data are truly evolving at the speed of light.
January 3, 2013
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Watch this informative video to learn how Palomar Health - the largest health district in the state of California - implemented healthcare alert management software to connect its nurse call system with the existing EHR and phone systems to improve care team communication and patient experiences.
January 2, 2013
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The shift from fee-for-service to value-based care is creating significant financial and performance pressures for healthcare providers. As Health IT leaders work to harness cloud, Big Data, mobile, and social technology to optimize their EMR, building a trusted hybrid cloud infrastructure lays the foundation for team-based care. In this whitepaper, learn how a hybrid cloud framework enables coordinated care to improve patient care delivery, lower IT costs, and increase business agility -- including recommended steps and solutions.
October 15, 2014
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The shift from fee-for-service to value-based care is creating significant financial and performance pressures for healthcare providers. As Health IT leaders work to harness cloud, Big Data, mobile, and social technology to optimize their EMR, building a trusted hybrid cloud infrastructure lays the foundation for team-based care. In this whitepaper, learn how a hybrid cloud framework enables coordinated care to improve patient care delivery, lower IT costs, and increase business agility -- including recommended steps and solutions.
October 15, 2014
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Paperless document exchange is catching on as a comprehensive solution capable of solving these and other critical healthcare challenges. Read our new eBook to explore why automation is ideal for bringing new levels of simplicity, collaboration and security to clinical and business processes.
October 7, 2014
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Efficient and secure management of insurance forms, physician orders, prescriptions and more is critical to the success of any healthcare provider -- patient care cannot be compromised. Read this White Paper to find out more about automating healthcare documents!
October 7, 2014
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In 2014, there have been many changes at the Office of the National Coordinator. Although some have voiced concerns about loss of momentum, I believe that in change there is opportunity.
October 29, 2014
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If you want to confront the complexity of electronic data, just stop and think about how many ways you want to use the data you have in hand.
October 23, 2014
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The fundamental organization of data in an EHR around information documented during an encounter isn't likely to change whether you look at a large grained document-centric approach, or a finer-grained data item-centric approach.
October 21, 2014
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For those who follow the ongoing conversion of U.S. healthcare from paper to electronic information systems, Texas Health Presbyterian's reflex to blame its EHR for its failure to diagnose the first known case of Ebola in the U.S. was revealing at many levels.
October 20, 2014
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It's no secret that one by-product of the health IT revolution has been providers learning how to make better use of technology while also losing touch with their patients.
October 15, 2014
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In order to improve health care quality in a meaningful way, physicians must be empowered to make informed clinical decisions. This includes being promptly notified of changes to a patient's health status and any new "care events."
October 10, 2014
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EHR causes Ebola! EHRs hold data hostage in stovepiped legacy systems! There is no interoperability in America! How many headlines have you seen over the past month that are either completely false or a vast oversimplification of complex issues?
October 10, 2014
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What follows are the dos and don’ts of each step in the EHR buying process; these tips will guide you when comparing options so you select medical software best suited for your needs.
October 9, 2014
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We should be in the midst of the gilded age of healthcare IT. Yet, praise for healthcare IT systems is few and far between. Success stories are rare. What gives?
October 3, 2014
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How can a physician's productivity and focus on the patient be maintained while using an EHR at the point of care, and why do many systems fall short on this?
October 1, 2014
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As reported last year at HIMSS and by many online news and opinion sources since, physician dissatisfaction with EHRs is growing. Indeed, while this blog post doesn't focus on the broader picture, general physician career dissatisfaction is disconcertingly high.
September 22, 2014
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Health IT is often considered a silent partner in healthcare -- not seen by patients, but a critical part of the system. As we celebrate National Health IT Week, it's important to realize that although health IT already has a long history.
September 16, 2014
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Sajix has today announced that ‘National Centre for Biological Sciences’, Bangalore has selected iHelix V2012 to be implemented at their in-house Clinic.
September 24, 2014
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NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, announced today that Sarah Corley, M.D., FACP, chief medical officer for NextGen Healthcare, has been elected to serve on the Electronic Health Record Association Executive Committee.
March 12, 2014
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Open source health IT leader lends VistA expertise to HP Open Community Team, which is donating competition winnings to veteran-oriented charities.
November 21, 2013
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Indiana Beacon Health System partner aims for patient-centered medical home recognition and value-based care with advanced population health management technology.
November 12, 2013
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HP today announced that Johnson Memorial Hospital has selected HP Converged Infrastructure to deliver high-quality patient care by increasing operational efficiencies, ensuring continuity and accelerating performance of mission-critical healthcare applications.
October 31, 2013
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Named one of the most wired healthcare organizations by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine, Memorial Healthcare is implementing OnBase, Hyland Software’s enterprise content management (ECM) solution, to automate the electronic capture and access of information across their patient care delivery system, including acute, ambulatory and home-health services.
October 31, 2013
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Activation of new version of Allscripts Sunrise EHR will support large, nationally recognized healthcare system's journey to Meaningful Use Stage 2 and transition to value-based and accountable care .
October 29, 2013
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Nuance Communications, Inc. today announced a significant enhancement to its Clintegrity 360 platform that integrates clinical documentation improvement and computer-assisted coding into one seamless process.
October 28, 2013
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athenahealth's Best-in-KLAS EHR and Practice Management Services Selected to Provide Nimble and Proven Option for Independent Physicians Across the Rush Health Network
October 23, 2013
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Within 90 days of go-live, organization successfully attested for Meaningful Use Stage 1.
October 21, 2013
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The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA) today announced a partnership to develop a state accreditation program for public and private HIE organizations operating in Texas.
October 16, 2013
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iHCFA announced that it has completed an electronic interface for receiving electronic medical bills and supporting documents with strategic partner drchrono, a national leader in mobile, web-based billing, and electronic health record solutions for medical practices.
October 1, 2013
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