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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Several healthcare industry trade organizations are asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to make changes large and small to its proposed rule for meaningful use.
June 17, 2015
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Epic founder Judy Faulkner is one of the latest billionaires to sign on to The Giving Pledge, the initiative launched by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to encourage entrepreneurs to donate more than half of their wealth to charity.
June 15, 2015
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Community health centers in Oregon were able to realize some substantial medication administration improvements after implementing an EMR protocol pioneered by Kaiser Permanente.
June 12, 2015
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Even as a couple of Congressional panels are bent on achieving health IT interoperability, where the industry has not yet been able to, it appears the government itself could use a helping hand on this complex matter -- and many other aspects of IT work.
June 12, 2015
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"We the people want easy, electronic access to our health information." That's the goal of Get My Health Data, the new patient advocacy effort launched by former ONC chief Farzad Mostashari, MD. But what does that mean in practice? Our columnist tries to find out.
June 12, 2015
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"We're here today to announce an intensive review of electronic health records," Sen. Lamar Alexander, chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, announced at the start of a hearing before the panel Wednesday.
June 11, 2015
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A new study from Weill Cornell Medical College, published this week in Health Affairs, points to the emergence of "systematic differences" between physicians who participated in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs and those who didn't.
June 10, 2015
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Horizon Technology Finance has provided a $7.5 million venture loan to Medsphere Systems, developer of the OpenVista EHR.
June 9, 2015
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BUILD Health Challenge, an ambitious countrywide healthcare initiative aimed at boosting health across communities, today awarded grants to 18 groundbreaking projects to improve health in low-income areas.
June 9, 2015
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Accountable care and care continuity are not the same thing, but they have a whole lot in common. And the former pretty much depends on the latter. In Europe, much more than in the U.S., "they're very attuned to continuity of care."
June 9, 2015
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CSC has agreed to settle with the Securities and Exchange Commission to the tune of $190 million, after SEC charged the firm with "manipulating financial results and concealing significant problems" related to its massive IT contract for U.K.'s National Health Service.
June 8, 2015
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Kumar Chatani, executive vice president and chief information officer at New York's Mount Sinai Health System, offers his thoughts on best practices for EMR rollouts, technology-enabled accountable care and more.
June 8, 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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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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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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Organizations need tools that will seamlessly combine clinical, claims, PBM and lab data so providers can identify high-risk patients, pursue corrective action before an adverse event occurs and deliver trustworthy performance reports to physicians, all in real time.
April 2, 2015
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We are at a cusp of the consumer driven health revolution. But to succeed, we need a new approach: one that goes beyond the apps and the sensors and makes better use of APIs to deliver the interoperability and security required to overcome our current challenges.
March 31, 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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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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