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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Geisinger Health System has found a new leader to fill the position of CEO, succeeding Glenn Steele Jr., MD.
February 24, 2015
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Healthcare privacy and security experts from around the United States will gather in San Diego March 5-6 to share information and strategize over how to combat cybercrime, insider threats and other pressing challenges to patient data.
February 24, 2015
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Optimizing EHRs for tablets is the first step toward transforming care delivery. Next up: Covering more steps of the care continuum.
February 24, 2015
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Stiffer competition between key vendors is leaving an increasing number of healthcare providers on the fence about which EHR system to buy, according to a new report form research firm KLAS.
February 23, 2015
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Black Book, the research firm known for its rankings of health IT products, has changed its survey process after an inspection of its EHR survey responses found dozens of hospital resellers casting ballots for physician practices.
February 23, 2015
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The self-professed "disruptive innovation geek" lauds the HIT community, laments the state of patient-centered care and reflects on time spent in telecom.
February 23, 2015
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Healthcare organizations willing to break the tried-and-true approach to acquiring IT products are creating applications that are more closely aligned with their needs. And potentially getting equity in a successful startup.
February 20, 2015
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A new partnership between a Portland, Oregon, behavioral health services provider and a local health system will use an HIE tool to link the hospital's acute care data with a specialty behavioral health EHR.
February 20, 2015
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The $28.1 billion carrot paid out to meaningful EHR adopters to date has spurred significant EHR adoption specifically among emergency and outpatient departments, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
February 20, 2015
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Fluence, the software formerly known as Convergence, extracts data from various systems to "bring the patient story to life" via a longitudinal record.
February 20, 2015
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St. Clair Hospital of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, a 328-bed acute care facility, has been named a 2014 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient.
February 18, 2015
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Electronic health record giant Epic Systems, often criticized for its closed architecture, will soon open an app store -- enabling outside developers to create programs that will work with its EHRs.
February 18, 2015
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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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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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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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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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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 this webinar, you will learn how to minimize security risk and regulatory exposure for your organization while successfully deploying Patient Portals and other web-based healthcare applications.
December 1, 2014
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To give patients the best care possible, Allina Health (Allina) set a goal of “One patient. One record.” Shortly after implementing an electronic medical record (EMR) across the health system, Allina knew it needed an enterprise solution to manage the unstructured content – the paper, forms, faxes, clinical images and more – that would still exist outside of the patient record. Discover How Allina overcame these challenges to create a fully connected health system.
November 18, 2014
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The shift from fee-for-service to value-based care is creating significant financial and performance pressures for healthcare providers. As Health IT leaders work to harness cloud, Big Data, mobile, and social technology to optimize their EMR, building a trusted hybrid cloud infrastructure lays the foundation for team-based care. In this whitepaper, learn how a hybrid cloud framework enables coordinated care to improve patient care delivery, lower IT costs, and increase business agility -- including recommended steps and solutions.
October 15, 2014
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One hour webinar that walks through the Dell Mobile Clinical Computing solution and why you may want to consider it for your environment.
September 22, 2014
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Learn how Mater Health improves access to clinical data with a virtual desktop environment built on robust Dell Wyse zero clients. Benefits experienced by Mater include improved speed of initial access to clinical data by 80% and projected increase of endpoint lifespan by 50%.
September 22, 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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The fundamental organization of data in an EHR around information documented during an encounter isn't likely to change whether you look at a large grained document-centric approach, or a finer-grained data item-centric approach.
October 21, 2014
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For those who follow the ongoing conversion of U.S. healthcare from paper to electronic information systems, Texas Health Presbyterian's reflex to blame its EHR for its failure to diagnose the first known case of Ebola in the U.S. was revealing at many levels.
October 20, 2014
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It's no secret that one by-product of the health IT revolution has been providers learning how to make better use of technology while also losing touch with their patients.
October 15, 2014
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In order to improve health care quality in a meaningful way, physicians must be empowered to make informed clinical decisions. This includes being promptly notified of changes to a patient's health status and any new "care events."
October 10, 2014
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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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At the HIMSS Innovation Center, located on the fourth floor of the Global Center for Health Innovation, HIMSS Executive Vice President Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, announced Alego Health as Founding Collaborator for the Healthcare Technology Showcase, which is part of the Innovation Center.
May 29, 2013
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