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 Bipartisan Policy Center has issued a set of recommendations to Congress it says will speed up medical cures and innovation. Central to its recommendations is the use of healthcare IT for post-approval studies.
July 28, 2015
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When ONC released its Health IT Safety Center Roadmap earlier this month, it touted the envisioned center as a way to create a "culture of safety." Writing in Health Affairs, two experts offer some tips to help it meet that "monumental, sociotechnical challenge."
July 28, 2015
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The most valued patient data resides in the EHR, yet EHRs are architected to perpetuate data silos. Because of the lack of interoperability, healthcare providers can't achieve true care coordination.
July 28, 2015
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Opponents of the $11 billion project are predicting that it will not deliver adequate functionality for data sharing with DoD partners, the VA and private sector and, what's more, the EHR could be obsolete by the time it's built.
July 28, 2015
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Paper-based records are being phased out at a rapid pace in healthcare, and digitization and virtualization are creating a whole market within the global healthcare industry, according to new market analysis.
July 27, 2015
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The process has been repeated time and again: Regulators issue proposed rulemaking, stakeholders comment, a final version manifests. So what, this time, has the industry concerned in the case of two pieces of meaningful use?
July 27, 2015
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The winner of the gigantic contract will have to meet steep requirements for the Defense Department and, in turn, will be well positioned to also offer those capabilities to other customers. Competing EHR vendors are going to have to keep pace or risk irrelevancy.
July 24, 2015
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NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the top academic medical centers in the country, will use athenathealth's cloud-based models for clinical integration, care coordination and population health management.
July 24, 2015
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Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, said Thursday that he's asked the Department of Health and Human Services to consider delaying the move toward Stage 3 meaningful use.
July 23, 2015
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UMass Memorial Healthcare will be rolling out an Epic EHR system to replace its Soarian EHR from Siemens, which is now part of Cerner. "Epic is coming," UMass Memorial President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, wrote in a July 20 blog posted on the hospital's website.
July 23, 2015
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Before he founded CDS developer medCPU, Eyal Ephrat, MD, was a practicing physician. Before that, he was a helicopter pilot. Want to guess which workplace had the more reliable information systems?
July 23, 2015
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When it comes to EHRs, many docs are more frustrated than ever. And they let that be known Monday at an American Medical Association Town Hall, bringing their EHR challenges and experiences to the fore.
July 22, 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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Learn how the Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI) is innovating precision medicine.
June 2, 2015
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Having an operational Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) plan is a top priority for Healthcare IT operations. NaviSite, a leading worldwide provider of enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services explains how we can provide invaluable assistance with staying current on the latest technology safeguards and compliance standards.
May 26, 2015
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Monongahela Valley Hospital will share lessons learned on sustaining utilization and keeping content updated while meeting patient care demands and regulatory agency standards after going live with evidence-based plans of care. See how they have re-energized their staff and facilitated buy-in by utilizing the Perfecting Patient Care model, revising their documentation process, and prioritizing updates.
May 21, 2015
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Best Practices in Cloud Computing for the Healthcare Industry is your roadmap to leveraging all the benefits of cloud computing while ensuring the highest standards in PHI security and HIPAA compliance.
May 11, 2015
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The actual cost of an EHR system failure is approximately $488 per hour, per physician. Aside from the financial consequences, the clinical impact of a system failure as a result of a disaster is equally significant. Learn how healthcare organizations can reduce their exposure by examining disaster recovery strategies.
May 1, 2015
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After Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, Missouri selected a vendor to integrate information systems across 30 clinics, they acquired a clinic using a different system. This report details how CMH was able to quickly convert the new clinic's EMR systems to avoid a disruption in patient care.
May 1, 2015
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As Enloe Medical Center leadership evaluated implementation projects in their development queue, they realized that they would require an interface engine better suited to the hospital's long-term IT goals. This report details how they found a new engine with an innovative architecture, short learning and implementation curve, and lower total cost of ownership.
April 30, 2015
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While experts in health information technology acknowledge the advantages of using an ambulatory care EMR, they also note that integrated components of such systems are not necessarily the best match for certain providers' needs. Investing in a dedicated occupational health information management solution with an EMR application is a business decision that supports safer, healthier workplaces for people, a goal that supports all stakeholders involved.
April 21, 2015
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The role technology plays in transitioning your practice to ICD-10 can’t be overstated. In this briefing, Greenway Health discusses how to inventory your existing technology, identify the best tools for your practice and help you plan for implementation.
April 3, 2015
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This content will deliver insights into both the technical and business challenges around healthcare interoperability. It will discuss the importance of healthcare's access to patient-generated health data, while delving into the some of the hurdles associated with interoperability, such as HIPAA-compliance and FDA standards. Moreover, the content will highlight use cases and specific case studies of how companies are integrating patient data into variety of healthcare systems, portals and programs.
April 1, 2015
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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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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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While EHRs are the biggest step toward going paperless, most organizations still manage volumes of paper which prevents the establishment of a truly integrated care team -- one in which all information is available to all providers in near real time.
April 10, 2015
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With most patient data now being recorded in a shareable form, we're poised to accelerate population health IT. Now it's on to the next set of major challenges, which will be front-and-center at HIMSS15: sharing data and putting it to beneficial use.
April 2, 2015
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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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Covisint Helps Saint Luke’s Establish Patient Centered Medical Home, Map Patient Analytics, Track Patient and Population Care, Simplify Transitions and Reduce Costs.
October 1, 2013
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Optimum Suite and services drive operational efficiencies and quality patient care.
September 18, 2013
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Vital Images, Inc., a Toshiba Medical Systems Group Company, celebrates its 25th anniversary of leading innovation in the advanced visualization market for healthcare providers across the globe.
September 3, 2013
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Athenahealth, Inc. a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic health record, practice management, and care coordination, today announced that it has signed a strategic partnership with Primary Care Development Corporation, a leading non-profit organization supporting primary care, to deliver unmatched technology and consulting services to primary care providers in underserved communities.
August 23, 2013
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U.S. consumers are playing a growing role in healthcare, as both patients and consumers of healthcare. Fueled by the requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 2, with a deadline of May 2014, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services healthcare reform efforts, provider organizations, clinicians and payers are seeing the importance of empowering patients to take charge of their healthcare through the use of health IT.
June 26, 2013
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Mount Sinai Queens has been recognized by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, or HIMSS, for reaching "Stage 6" status on the HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, making it one of only 518 of the more than 5,300 U.S. hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics and who have reached that status.
June 26, 2013
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OmniMD announced the introduction of its new Women's Health electronic health records software for obstetrics and gynecology.
June 25, 2013
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Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that St. Mary's Healthcare System has selected Merge's iConnect Access and iConnect Enterprise Archive to support their enterprise imaging strategy.
June 18, 2013
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To speed patient report delivery to healthcare providers and obtain confirmation that reports have been delivered, William Osler Health System (Osler) in Brampton, Ontario, Canada implementedNetDelivery, Interbit Data’s report distribution solution. Moving from a time-consuming manual system for report distribution and delivery confirmation to NetDelivery’s automated capabilities, Osler has reduced the delivery time of patient reports to physicians.
June 4, 2013
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The security of electronic patient health information (ePHI) continues to be a growing concern for healthcare executives, driven by an increasingly mobile clinician workforce, uncertainty around impending updates to HIPAA regulations and widespread use of text messaging among providers. To manage security risks and help prevent PHI breaches across all modes of communication, Covenant Medical Group (CMG) adopted the HIPAA-compliant PerfectServe clinical communications platform.
June 4, 2013
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