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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Sure, the EHR Incentive Program, with its $22 billion plus paid out thus far to meaningful users, might have helped bring the healthcare sector out of the Dark Ages and into the 21st Century, technologically speaking, but do these systems really improve the quality of patient care? A new study out says: for the most part, no.
April 16, 2014
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Meaningful use just might have its financial perks. That's according to the top 25 highest performing meaningful users under the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program, all of whom brought in some $171 million in Medicare payments back in 2012.
April 15, 2014
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Encouraged by the patient engagement spurred by giants such as Geisinger and the VA who've taken part, Kaiser Permanente Northwest and eight other health systems in the region have signed on to OpenNotes -- the first widespread adoption of the data sharing program.
April 11, 2014
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To healthcare mogul Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, the dirtiest four-letter word in the realm of digital health is "silo."
April 10, 2014
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EHRs were designed to satisfy specific functions for distinct parts of the care process. Currently, EHRs are all about making sure all the warnings are heeded, and all boxes are checked. It's about bringing the information together to make physicians' jobs easier so they can make faster, more informed patient care decisions.
April 10, 2014
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ONC chief Karen DeSalvo, MD, envisions an agency with new workgroups and a less siloed approach, with consumer and privacy advocates participating across all the groups.
April 10, 2014
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Healthcare CIOs report their workload is growing in both scope and complexity, and there seems to be no end in sight. This is according to a new report from nationwide healthcare executive search firm SSi-SEARCH.
April 9, 2014
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Bill Spooner "retired" from his post as leader of Sharp HealthCare's 450-member IT team on Feb. 14. The quotes around "retired" are necessary because he has something in the works -- he won't say what yet. It's something that will keep him working halftime, or maybe more. It's too hard to leave healthcare IT altogether at this promising juncture, he says.
April 8, 2014
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We hear a lot about patient engagement these days. Certainly, the idea is a noble one. And the benefits it could bring when practiced on a wide scale are immense. But a lot of providers are still wondering: How do you do it?
April 3, 2014
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The American Health Information Management Association is urging controls on the copy-and-paste functionality in electronic health record systems. The use of copy-and-paste should be permitted only when such "strong technology and administrative controls," are in place, the organization wrote in a position statement.
March 31, 2014
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Smart use of clinical and business intelligence has helped earn 21 University of Iowa Health Care clinics a spot among an elite few, as they've been awarded a Stage 7 Ambulatory Award from HIMSS Analytics.
March 27, 2014
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Not having enough money to complete a successful IT implementation is the top worry of participants in the 25th Annual 2014 HIMSS Leadership Survey. The survey examines a wide array of topics crucial to healthcare leaders including IT priorities, issues driving and challenging technology adoption and IT security.
March 27, 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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Dr. John Vaughan and Dr. Reid Conant will discuss how Sharp HealthCare and Nuance Professional Services have worked together to implement Dragon Medical across the care continuum.
April 9, 2014
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Learn the challenges healthcare organizations have in locking down their HIPAA compliant applications in the cloud. See the latest data breaches and solutions to keeping your ePHI protected in the cloud.
March 25, 2014
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To create truly engaged communities of care, you must do more than implement a patient portal. By elevating your patient portal to a platform, you create a vehicle that connects patients, physicians and all stakeholders across the care continuum. Fortunately, it’s not as difficult (or costly) as you might think. Change the way you think about patient portals.
March 12, 2014
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Your inpatient EHR should not be one of the challenges you face as you prepare for Meaningful Use Stages 2 and 3. We invite you to download the MEDHOST Meaningful Use Tip Sheet to gauge whether your EHR is ready for Stage 2. Don't jeopardize your attestation plans and risk losing the financial and clinical rewards of Meaningful Use. Find out if your EHR is a 2014 Edition Complete EHR, certified by ONC.
March 12, 2014
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The first quarter of 2014 is over and yet we are still witnessing EHR system vendors asking the government for more time, or to lessen the certification demands, for Stage 2 of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Meaningful Use of EHRs program.
April 14, 2014
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The expansion of EHRs has resulted in healthcare organizations compiling more protected health information than ever before. At the same time, HIEs are facilitating access to that information from provider to provider.
April 3, 2014
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The expansion of EHRs has resulted in healthcare organizations compiling more protected health information than ever before. At the same time, HIEs are facilitating access to that information from provider to provider.
April 3, 2014
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Way back in 2005 when I was still getting started as a blogger and was active in the world of EHR adoption, I wondered about their impact on malpractice rates. So here we are in 2014 and the information is starting to flow.
March 24, 2014
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A new study by the Rand Corporation indicates that, perhaps not surprisingly, many doctors are not quite as enamored of new health IT as advocates would like.
March 7, 2014
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As someone deeply involved in the development of electronic health records for the past 20 years, I leave HIMSS14 with a great sense of pride.
March 3, 2014
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I had a chance to talk with Dr. Luis Saldana about the benefits of "medical scribes," and how the role has evolved and exploded in the age of EHRs.
February 21, 2014
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This week marks a major milestone in our journey towards adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records. As we work toward the secure, private and meaningful exchange of interoperable health information across the continuum of care, the law that made much of this possible turns five.
February 20, 2014
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A new media survey finds widespread use of healthcare analytics, but experts wonder if providers are really sure about the appropriate and necessary uses of it.
February 19, 2014
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From a business standpoint, one of the more interesting phenomena in healthcare is how the ubiquity of IT is enabling companies not traditionally associated with healthcare to take a stab at providing healthcare-oriented services.
February 13, 2014
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To insure physicians were paid for services rendered, EHRs were architected to record episodic events with various codes for specific procedures. Sad thing is that today's crop of EHRs do not even do a very good job of that.
February 6, 2014
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I was watching the Super Bowl last night and lost interest after Bruno Mars' very nice halftime concert so I started picking up some "Read it Later" articles I saved late last year; one specifically caught my eye.
February 3, 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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Healthcare providers are getting measurable results with the support of scribes on the EMR.
October 1, 2013
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