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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The electronic health record system at Boston Children's Hospital crashed on Friday, March 20, and remained down until Wednesday March, 25, the Boston Globe reports.
March 27, 2015
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At no other time in history has there been such a concentrated push for interoperability as there is today. But that doesn't mean the road to connected care will be an easy one.
March 27, 2015
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"Because I said so." If you've ever been a parent of a teenager, you've likely uttered (screamed) those four words on more than one occasion. Our columnist recently recognized some similarities with the meaningful use program.
March 26, 2015
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On March 20, CMS released its proposed Stage 3 rules and certification critieria for eligible hospitals and providers. This analysis by Micky Tripathi and John Halamka, MD, goes through the good, the bad and the ugly of it all.
March 25, 2015
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More than 98 percent of athenahealth's medical practice clients achieved Stage 2 meaningful use in 2014. That number surpasses the MU attestation rate -- so far -- for any other EHR vendor, company officials say.
March 25, 2015
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"The interviews really brought it to life; it was fun to do," says Robert Wachter, MD, of the 90 or so people, from across the healthcare industry and beyond, he spoke to for his probing and sometimes provocative new book, "The Digital Doctor."
March 25, 2015
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The time is ripe for "3rd Platform" EHRs, according to IDC -- which sees some movement toward these newer, more flexible and mostly cloud-based systems in the unique deal athenahealth struck with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center this past month.
March 24, 2015
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As it has with other proposed rule-makings, CMS has touted the "flexibility" and "streamlined" nature of the new Stage 3 meaningful use measures. But some physician groups don't quite see things that way.
March 24, 2015
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The reaction to the long-anticipated Stage 3 meaningful use rules has been slow in coming, but a few people have managed to wade through the hundreds of pages since they were released late Friday afternoon. They're cautiously optimistic.
March 23, 2015
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Hospitalist pioneer and patient safety guru Robert M. Wachter, MD, writes in a New York Times op-ed that health IT has been a letdown in many ways, especially when it comes to improving quality and safety.
March 23, 2015
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(SPONSORED) Jeff Townsend, executive vice president and chief of staff at Cerner, gives the scoop about iCentra, an integrated EHR that Intermountain Healthcare and Cerner are configuring together.
March 23, 2015
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The new Stage 3 meaningful use rules proposed Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seek to give providers more flexibility, simplify the program, drive interoperability among electronic health records and put the focus on improved patient outcomes.
March 20, 2015
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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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Universal, zero-footprint viewers help clinicians streamline diagnosis, improve result turnaround time and facilitate communication and sharing with patients. How "universal" must these viewers be to truly deliver on their promises? Here are five key criteria to look for before deploying a universal, zero-footprint viewer.
March 26, 2015
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Does your hospital struggle with inefficient medication reconciliation because of systems and processes that make it difficult to obtain accurate and complete patient medication data? Assess the state of your hospital’s medication reconciliation process and learn how two facilities improved their built-in medication history feed, drastically reducing medication reconciliation time.
March 26, 2015
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Secure, efficient communication is key to reliable patient care. Every situation involving patients requires rapid response, and care needs must be tightly managed and regulated. Learn how two busy healthcare organizations selected a secure chat solution to help improve care transition and enable physicians to more efficiently discuss critical issues.
March 26, 2015
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During this webinar, you’ll learn how to enable one unified data platform to serve multiple constituents and how to develop a data first approach with an attractive scale to cost ratio and endless possibilities.
March 19, 2015
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Hospital EHRs have left gaps in the support of nurses and other frontline clinicians who represent the vast majority of the healthcare workforce. This is because EHRs aren't able to efficiently deliver contextual clinical data at the point of care or offer essential communications tools to collaborate with care teams.
March 17, 2015
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With the sources of patient data expanding to include big data, a unified approach to data management facilitates the integration of conventional structured data with more challenging forms of semi- and unstructured data.
March 16, 2015
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Even with the most experienced security professional on staff, many organizations lack the tools, defensive systems, monitors, dashboards and manpower to really know what's going on in their networks at any given moment.
March 13, 2015
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Just because your EHR system is compliant with HIPAA security standards, that does not mean your organization as a whole is fully compliant. Here are some specific actions you should take to protect patient information.
March 11, 2015
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Somehow health systems have adopted the notion that electronic health records are central to their competitive strategies -- viewing the technology's capabilities beyond their original design and intent.
February 23, 2015
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"Credit monitoring for a breach of your identity data, medical or not, is like handing out umbrellas in a tornado." This is a fitting analogy, as healthcare is amidst a converging storm of cyber security; four forces fairly unique to other industries seem to plague the healthcare ecosystem at a confluence.
February 17, 2015
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Even in the heavily privacy-regulated healthcare industry, few people realize how vulnerable many of our systems -- from EHR to connected medical devices -- are to cyberattacks.
February 10, 2015
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In anticipation of House of Cards Season 4, and with all due respect to the show's creators, I think real life is giving us a perfect plotline that includes politicians, corporate interests, their lobbyists and a big fat government contract.
February 10, 2015
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We just pointed to a survey that says doctors aren't embracing digital health technologies. In the name of fairness, we should also point to a survey that says it's not their fault, but their bosses'.
February 4, 2015
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The collaboration between the two organizations provides athenahealth the chance to take BIDMC's experience to a much larger audience, hopefully making a difference to providers, patients and payers across the country.
February 3, 2015
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A show of hands: Who believes depression or bipolar disorder have no impact on the severity and treatment of a patient’s diabetes and COPD? It's an idea no practicing physician would support. Yet time and again, we act as though mental illness and care can be kept separate from physical ailments.
January 20, 2015
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What will remain constant in 2015 is change. Healthcare is in the middle of a major evolution toward digital, personalized medicine and the empowered patient. Karin Ratchinsky offers her top five trends for 2015 in health IT.
January 15, 2015
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Medsphere Systems Corporation and Silver Hill Hospital this week introduced an improved Discharge Summary module as the most recent innovation of Medsphere’s OpenVista electronic health record (EHR) built specifically for behavioral health hospitals.
March 13, 2015
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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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