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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Whether an electronic health record works well or not depends who you are: The opinions of clinicians and IT staff can vary widely. But a new EHR satisfaction survey from Black Book suggests that perspective gap may be narrowing.
March 19, 2015
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CHIME is offering a sweet deal for innovators with a way to accurately match patients with their healthcare information. At stake? Patient safety.
March 19, 2015
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Some comments made by Epic's head of interoperability in a Senate HELP Committee Tuesday have triggered members of the CommonWell Health Alliance to fire back at the Verona, Wisconsin-based EHR giant.
March 18, 2015
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The healthcare industry is becoming more enlightened about the benefits of the Blue Button Initiative, and adoption of personal health records continues to grow, according to a new report from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange.
March 18, 2015
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Setting the stage for an IPO two years from now, data warehousing and analytics company Health Catalyst raised $70 million in a rare and oversubscribed Series D round of funding.
March 17, 2015
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A relative newcomer to the C-suite, the chief medical information officer title continues to redefine itself. One frustrated CMIO captured the anxiety of this new role when he referred to himself as the "chief apology officer."
March 16, 2015
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The HIMSS15 Social Media Ambassador says we know where health technologies are headed by looking at other industries.
March 16, 2015
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Many people think of clinical decision support in terms of technology. But it's not just about computers, says Jerome Osheroff, MD. "It's all about people, process and technology -- in that order of importance."
March 12, 2015
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(SPONSORED) Dean Mericka of the Allscripts Federal Sector talks interoperability and the role of the EHR in coordinated care and clinical decision support.
March 12, 2015
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A new partnership between Cerner and digital health platform Validic will enable patients to stream clinical, fitness, wellness and nutritional data into their online portal and, if they wish, into their electronic health record.
March 12, 2015
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(SPONSORED) Blackman outlines how to optimize EHRs to better meet provider needs.
March 11, 2015
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is betting that new meaningful use rules will become publicly available in time to talk about them during the upcoming HIMSS15 next month in Chicago.
March 11, 2015
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Healthcare organizations are defining organization-specific strategies to gain control of patient data access, sharing and management. In this Executive Brief, the CTO at central Florida’s largest imaging center discusses PACS, VNAs and image management and how he leveraged an Enterprise Imaging Platform to regain imaging control and automate specialty workflows.
March 11, 2015
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Healthcare organizations need enterprise-level solutions to manage image sharing, access and integration across departmental and regional boundaries. Beyond the "A" in PACS addressed by Vendor Neutral Archives, healthcare organizations are deploying comprehensive Enterprise Imaging Platforms to smooth M&A integration, address MU2 mandates and reduce escalating image integration and storage costs.
February 24, 2015
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Hear case studies and learn best practices in achieving a consumer approach through using patient self-service technologies in this presentation.
February 19, 2015
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To confidently assume care for a patient, your clinicians need access to the complete patient record. Unfortunately, that record is usually spread throughout multiple systems and paper files. Discover how to create a single, electronic patient record to improve patient care and clinician satisfaction.
February 12, 2015
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Learn how this large health system was able to improve patient financial engagement in just a few months and drive more than a million dollars in first year return.
January 30, 2015
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http://pages.healthcareitnews.com/Patient-Revenue-Cycle-Case-Study-Collection-Yield-UP-Costs-DOWN.html?topic=billing%26budgeting
Increased electronic engagement between healthcare providers and patients provides significant opportunities for improving revenue cycle metrics. Learn some proven methods for increasing patient adoption of online portals can increase payments, impact Meaningful Use and improve the patient experience.
January 30, 2015
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http://pages.healthcareitnews.com/The-Future-of-Online-Patient-Billing-Portals.html?topic=billing%26ehr
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has now enabled a secure access platform for referring practices and clinicians to bring their patients to the best healthcare solution provider from any device. Find out how by registering for this complimentary webinar.
January 29, 2015
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http://www.himssmediawebinars.com/registration/webinar/clinical-portal-enables-physician-community-access-patient-information-and-driv?affiliatedata=HITNwebsite
A multitude of health apps competes for consumers' short attention spans and strong desire to get healthy. To draw your audience to your health app, we have gathered experts who will point to key design and research activities that can guide you as you develop a healthy and sustainable app.
January 20, 2015
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http://pages.healthcareitnews.com/How-to-Design-a-Robust-Health-App.html?topic=mobile%26ehr
With the advent of 2014, EHR software is in the spotlight as physicians work toward ONC's Meaningful Use Stage 2 certification. Listen to researchers explain why formative and usability testing are vital to delivering a product that meets the needs of your end users.
January 20, 2015
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http://pages.healthcareitnews.com/Usability-Testing-Achieve-Meaningful-Use-in-Stage-II.html?topic=mobile%26ehr
In 2015, Big Data will only grow in importance, and in complexity. How can you better manage data and lock down sensitive information? Find out in this on-demand webinar.
January 19, 2015
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Learn how the University of Pennsylvania's Health System transformed its information system via digitization. What started as an intention to reduce the paper load generated by a single patient visit, turned into a comprehensive overhaul of the hospital's medical and financial records. The end result? Dramatically increased efficiencies across all departments.
January 9, 2015
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Critical initiatives such as increasing patient engagement, improving clinical workflow and driving greater care coordination require healthcare technology leaders too ‘unlock’ the EMR and bring data to the point of care in real-time. To do so, they must connect clinical and non-clinical systems, both on-premises and in the cloud.
December 10, 2014
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In an era where medicine is highly specialized and different specialties are involved in the care of a patient, intelligent use of information technology is essential to help providers, payers and patients achieve better care management outcomes while simultaneously improving cost and quality of care.
January 14, 2015
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As an eternal optimist, I always look forward to the year ahead and forget the bruises of the year that has passed. What innovations can we expect in 2015?
January 7, 2015
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Different healthcare specialties have different electronic health record requirements as there is significant variation in care processes, clinical content and decision support across care settings. To select the right EHR, specialty practices must fully appreciate how the technology addresses their particular needs and requirements.
December 23, 2014
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While EHRs have increased clinicians' ability to document and share histories, results, assessments and orders, they underperform when it comes to finding and connecting clinicians with other team members, insights, and coordinating complex care processes, especially when team members cross organizational boundaries.
December 18, 2014
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How can your clinical systems enable clinically-coordinated care, that is, true functional interoperability? Here are four important considerations to put you on the right path.
December 16, 2014
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During this season of gratitude and giving, let's share our gratitude by giving thanks for what health IT and healthcare professionals are doing every day to make our health system better.
November 25, 2014
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Several IHE Domains met last week to discuss work items for the coming season of interoperability.
November 17, 2014
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Although there are myriad benefits associated with electronic health records, a 2013 study shows that many physicians see a significant downside to the EHR -- it gives them less quality time to interact with their with patients.
November 14, 2014
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As a physician who has used and worked on the development team of a number of EMRs and technologies, I am reminded of how powerful, or dangerous, information technology can be both in terms of caring for the patient as well as safeguarding the caregiver.
November 13, 2014
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EHRs have been weathering a bit of criticism lately, though not always fairly. But as some stakeholders see it, part of the problem may be that EHRs "are becoming the central hub for all clinical, administrative and quality aspects of healthcare."
October 31, 2014
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In 2014, there have been many changes at the Office of the National Coordinator. Although some have voiced concerns about loss of momentum, John Halamka, MD, believes that in change there is opportunity.
October 29, 2014
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If you want to confront the complexity of electronic data, just stop and think about how many ways you want to use the data you have in hand.
October 23, 2014
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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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