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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Five more Cerner clients have agreed to tap CommonWell Health Alliance's interoperability services, the trade association announced Monday.
August 24, 2015
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What happens when a healthcare organization's employees are found to have been inappropriately accessing patient medical records? The actions of one health system might serve as an example.
August 21, 2015
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WebPT, which develops online electronic health records for rehab therapists, announced this week its acquisition of Therabill, maker of Web-based practice management tools. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
August 21, 2015
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After 35 years of research innovation and leadership at Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis, William Tierney, MD, Regenstrief's president and CEO, is headed to Austin, Texas, where he will take on population health.
August 21, 2015
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As Washington looks eagerly toward Stage 3 meaningful use, many providers are still working toward Stage 2. Despite disappointing attestation numbers in 2014, and widespread complaints about its challenging criteria, more and more are getting close to the finish line.
August 21, 2015
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Contrary to a spate of recent studies that show rising physician aggravation with EHR systems, another new poll shows majorities of large practices commending the "enhancements in functionality, service and innovation" of leading vendors.
August 20, 2015
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EHR vendor Allscripts and CoverMyMeds have partnered to help patients receive their prescriptions faster. The partnership aims to increase the number of health plans available for Allscripts eAuth software clients.
August 20, 2015
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As much as patients have benefited from a healthcare system that has avoided blaming individual care providers for errors, Robert Wachter MD, proffers that the approach must also include accountability.
August 20, 2015
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Physicians are increasingly dissatisfied with their electronic health records. A recent poll found that just 34 percent of physicians said they were happy with their system. Our columnist asks: Should we be alarmed? Or should we even care?
August 20, 2015
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Thomas McGill, MD, vice president of quality and safety and chief information officer at Butler Health System, describes it as "Community Hospital USA." He spoke to us about the role of a physician CIO as healthcare shifts to value-based care.
August 19, 2015
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As they grapple with meaningful use and grumble about usability, nearly 20 percent of community hospitals polled for a recent report are "actively looking to replace" their electronic health record vendors.
August 18, 2015
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Stage 3 of meaningful use is shaping up to be the most challenging and detailed level yet for healthcare providers. Among the elements that warrant attention are quality reporting, clinical decision support and security risk analysis.
August 18, 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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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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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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The information has to be there. It has to be accurate. And someone has to take action. This definition of accountability, which healthcare currently grapples with and must find a way to realize, is not possible without technology.
July 22, 2015
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As providers gain value from the digital revolution, most can't reach ultimate integration nirvana due to data silos and disparate systems. Data virtualization enables hospitals and health systems to create a more agile information architecture.
July 21, 2015
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Tucked into the FDA innovations of the 21st Century Cures Act recently passed by the House of Representatives and sent over to the Senate is a subtitle on interoperability.
July 20, 2015
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Developed in fee-for-service environment, EHRs are designed to address the workflows within a given office or hospital, and are created more as documentation tools from which billings can be generated. They are not designed for collaboration across organizations.
July 15, 2015
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Health organizations are often moving too quickly from EHR implementation to population health and risk-based contracts, glossing over (or skipping entirely) the crucial step of evaluating the quality of the data they're using.
July 9, 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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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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