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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Too often, health organizations "make rookie mistakes" in their technology implementations, writes Leapfrog President and CEO Leah Binder. And too often, these rollouts leave hospitals vulnerable to serious patient safety risks.
July 6, 2015
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While nursing homes have traditionally been one of the weakest links when it comes to health information exchange and care coordination, a new project aims to help improve those facilities' electronic communication with hospitals.
July 6, 2015
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A "one-size fits all" approach to meaningful use has done no one any favors, argues Brookings Institution Fellow Niam Yaraghi, who puts forth a plan for giving the federal incentive program a shot in the arm.
July 6, 2015
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Health IT-enabled care coordination leaves much to be desired, according to a new survey of clinicians. The survey results were published online in the May/June issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.
July 2, 2015
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In a July 1 letter, to the Senate HELP Committee group working on improving EHRs, CHIME highlights correct patient identification as a critical need for ensuring patient safety.
July 2, 2015
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As the summer dawns, we look back on the first six months of the year, highlighting the biggest stories -- from population health to ICD-10, meaningful use to privacy and security -- that had Healthcare IT News readers clicking, tweeting, liking, sharing and commenting.
July 2, 2015
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The numbers should shake any provider still blissfully ignorant of privacy threats out of their complacency: Two-thirds of health organizations polled by HIMSS for its latest cybersecurity survey say they've recently experienced a "significant security incident."
July 1, 2015
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CVS Health has partnered with four health systems nationwide to provide them patient prescription and visit information, securely sharing data through its Epic electronic health record system.
June 26, 2015
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The 2015 Direct Messaging Survey published this week by HIMSS shows growing use and appreciation for the secure, email-like method of data exchange. But there are still challenges to be ironed out before it sees broader acceptance.
June 25, 2015
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Healtheway, the non-profit organization that supports nationwide interoperability and health information exchange initiatives, announced today that, thanks to the broadening scope of its activities, it is rebranding itself as The Sequoia Project.
June 25, 2015
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As an academic medical center, University of Utah Health Care has some special security challenges unique to an organization of its size and scope. One is the sheer number of passwords that must be managed for its employees.
June 24, 2015
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The CommonWell Health Alliance continues to add new members as it works toward an ambitious goal of expanding its provider footprint to 5,000 sites nationwide by the end of 2015.
June 23, 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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This webinar will share image exchange use cases that should be considered as your enterprise imaging strategy is being developed. We will also share how one of the country’s leading healthcare organizations, the Cleveland Clinic, is addressing the need for a comprehensive image exchange and sharing program.
June 29, 2015
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During this session, we’ll discuss ways and show you real examples in which healthcare provider organizations have made technology choices that have helped them make the care continuum more efficient and clinician-friendly, and where their physicians have reported that they can “now go home earlier”.
June 29, 2015
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Learn about industry best practices for identifying and managing critical healthcare data, while reducing the cost of data drag.
June 15, 2015
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This webinar explores the full impact of prior authorization, the current state of ePA adoption across the industry and the benefits healthcare providers have realized by making the transition to ePA.
June 4, 2015
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With Stage 2 meaningful use, ICD-10, the HIPAA Omnibus Rule and the Affordable Care Act dominating the agenda these past few years, Beth Israel Deaconess CIO John Halamka, MD, is doing some research to help reshape next priorities.
June 18, 2015
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Electronic health records are altering nearly every aspect of the caregiver-patient relationship -- not to mention changing caregivers' workflows with omnipresent tablets, handhelds, wall mounts and mobile carts. Today, nurses are on the front lines of this transformation.
June 15, 2015
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Looking to dupe urbanite travelers, bartenders and bar owners in rural Western taverns sometimes fasten antelope horns to the head of a large jackrabbit, and mount it over the bar. So, are we having a jackalope moment in health IT? Do we believe in something we can't see?
June 11, 2015
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Securing patient data starts with encryption, but equally important is the use of strong identity authentication. Authentication guarantees that the sender and recipient of healthcare data are, in fact, who they claim to be.
June 10, 2015
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It pays to keep patients happy, and many patient portal vendors aren't cutting it. This is mostly the result of software vendors focusing solely on meaningful use requirements, but also has to do with companies not investing sufficient resources in research and development.
May 27, 2015
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Every technology has an adoption journey. The classic Gartner hype curve travels from a Technology Trigger to the Peak of Inflated Expectations followed by the Trough of Disillusionment.
May 27, 2015
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Bolstered by healthcare payment reform that includes incentives for adopting and using technology, hospitals and health systems are aggressively developing narrow networks to serve as ACOs -- and are betting big on health IT advances.
May 22, 2015
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Open source programming languages have the ability to radically change the medical landscape. Indeed, open source languages may change the way electronic health records function ... for the better.
May 21, 2015
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Christina Thielst blogs about the power of social media and usefulness for health surveillance and predicting outcomes.
May 18, 2015
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What would you call a physician who sewed up a patient’s wound without addressing the behavioral health issue that led to the injury? We might cynically label the doctor disinterested or inattentive; we might sympathetically call her distracted or overwhelmed. But it might be far more accurate to say the doctor lacks information.
April 30, 2015
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CIOs must become more aligned with the strategic priorities of their colleagues in the C-Suite -- and in the "post-EHR era" that means focusing on cost improvement.
April 10, 2015
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Over the next several months you will notice significant changes happening at HIMSS Analytics, starting with our re-designed website.
April 10, 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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