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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Healthcare organizations with long-established electronic health records run the risk of "note bloat" and compromised patient safety unless they standardize physician documentation procedures and limit the amount of cutting-and-pasting doctors have to do.
December 12, 2014
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Each month in this space, we speak to HIMSS Analytics Executive Vice President Hoyt and HIMSS Analytics Senior Director of Research Jennifer Horowitz to get their perspective on provider uptake of health IT. From basic EHRs to advanced clinical and business analytics, the industry has made huge strides in the past five years or so, and this most recent year was as eventful as any.
December 12, 2014
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The risk of experiencing a data breach "is higher than ever," according to Experian's second annual industry forecast, which shows how the "consistently high value of healthcare data on the black market" means there will be little respite for an industry already beleaguered by cyber threats.
December 12, 2014
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Having established a level of trust and familiarity with electronic health records over the past few years, increasing numbers of U.S. patients are looking for more advanced features, such as access to doctors' notes and test results, according to a new survey from the National Partnership for Women & Families.
December 11, 2014
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"We're at the forefront of a transformational era -- the health information technology revolution," said Jiajie Zhang, dean of the School of Biomedical Informatics at the The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, which has scored seven grants in the past six months to explore biomed applications for IT.
December 10, 2014
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Flatiron Health, the oncology analytics company, has partnered with Vector Oncology on a new project that lets cancer clinicians view patient-reported symptoms at the point of care.
December 9, 2014
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A five-facility mental health organization in Alaska has agreed to pay up and shape up its HIPAA compliance program after a Department of Health and Human Services investigation found the group failed to appropriately safeguard patient data.
December 9, 2014
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Monday announced the release of its Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, 2015-2020, updating the goals of an initiative most recently published in 2011, when the U.S. healthcare landscape looked much different than it does today.
December 8, 2014
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National Health IT Week kicked off this September in Washington, DC, with prepared speeches and big names in the health IT arena. Among the overarching themes? Interoperability and patient engagement.
December 5, 2014
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A statement from the 25-hospital Texas Health Resources explaining why critical travel information was not communicated regarding the nation's first Ebola patient has left many wondering where the problem occurred – and, more importantly, how to fix it.
December 5, 2014
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Health Level Seven International has launched the Argonaut Project -- a collaborative comprising healthcare heavy-hitters such as Epic, Cerner, MEDITECH, Mayo Clinic, Intermountain, Beth Israel Deaconess and Partners HealthCare -- to speed the development and adoption of HL7’s standards framework, FHIR.
December 5, 2014
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The need to share patient information with other providers and the use of financial incentives are key drivers in why many providers adopt and use health information technology tools such as electronic health records, according a data brief released today from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
December 5, 2014
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Paperless document exchange is catching on as a comprehensive solution capable of solving these and other critical healthcare challenges. Read our new eBook to explore why automation is ideal for bringing new levels of simplicity, collaboration and security to clinical and business processes.
October 7, 2014
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Efficient and secure management of insurance forms, physician orders, prescriptions and more is critical to the success of any healthcare provider -- patient care cannot be compromised. Read this White Paper to find out more about automating healthcare documents!
October 7, 2014
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Esker is the nexus of efficient healthcare information processing. Medical professionals of all kinds can achieve a fully automated communication exchange that goes beyond fax and EMR systems for end-to-end automation in multiple paper-based processes. Read this White Paper to find out more!
October 7, 2014
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This webinar with explore how the University of Pittsburg Medical Center’s (UPMC) EMR and mobility strategy is enhancing clinical workflows and patient care.
September 26, 2014
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Read the case study to learn how Beaumont Health System used InterSystems HealthShare® to automate government mandated reporting even though the data in its EMR was not easily accessible or available in the required formats. HealthShare also enabled Beaumont to improve patient care and safety, save time and effort while meeting reporting deadlines, and benchmark its performance on hospital acquired infections against other hospitals nationally.
September 23, 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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Examine the total economic impact that you can realize by using Dell™ Mobile Clinical Computing (MCC). Discover how Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) achieved clinical efficiency, data security and IT productivity by implementing Dell MCC.
September 22, 2014
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Vendor Neutral Archives are giving PACS owners a direct path to image ownership. Outpacing PACS deployments by 5x, Vendor Neutral Archives are "unPACing" imaging archives at record rates. If you are considering a VNA solution or you want to understand how a VNA will support your enterprise image management strategy, read The VNA Guide. Learn why PACS "deconstruction" is giving way to VNA growth and know what to look for in your enterprise image management solution.
September 15, 2014
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Analysts are predicting a 25% year-over-year growth in VNA adoption. Some reports forecast an evolutionary shift from proprietary PACS archives to architecture-neutral VNA solutions. Healthcare business considerations for a move to VNA include: EMR adoption, new industry regulations, market consolidation, and "big data" management. Find out why CIOs are deploying VNAs as part of their enterprise image management strategy and why now is the time to "unPAC" your image archives.
September 15, 2014
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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.
September 15, 2014
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Imaging informatics, one of healthcare IT's fastest growing segments, is poised for explosive change. Demand for anytime, anywhere access to complete patient information, including imaging, is on the rise. Learn how today's CIOs are breaking down barriers in imaging informatics to deliver vital patient care records where and when needed while reducing costs, improving diagnostic efficiency, and addressing Meaningful Use Stage 2 directives.
September 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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EHR causes Ebola! EHRs hold data hostage in stovepiped legacy systems! There is no interoperability in America! How many headlines have you seen over the past month that are either completely false or a vast oversimplification of complex issues?
October 10, 2014
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What follows are the dos and don’ts of each step in the EHR buying process; these tips will guide you when comparing options so you select medical software best suited for your needs.
October 9, 2014
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We should be in the midst of the gilded age of healthcare IT. Yet, praise for healthcare IT systems is few and far between. Success stories are rare. What gives?
October 3, 2014
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How can a physician's productivity and focus on the patient be maintained while using an EHR at the point of care, and why do many systems fall short on this?
October 1, 2014
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As reported last year at HIMSS and by many online news and opinion sources since, physician dissatisfaction with EHRs is growing. Indeed, while this blog post doesn't focus on the broader picture, general physician career dissatisfaction is disconcertingly high.
September 22, 2014
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Health IT is often considered a silent partner in healthcare -- not seen by patients, but a critical part of the system. As we celebrate National Health IT Week, it's important to realize that although health IT already has a long history.
September 16, 2014
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Many of you know the story about e-Patient Dave, who started the movement called "Give me my damn data." But the real question is, how many organizations are actually doing it?
September 15, 2014
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Healthcare industry stakeholders have long imagined the improvements enabled by a digital world. Yet despite the widespread optimism, electronic health records have so far failed to transform the healthcare industry.
September 5, 2014
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The big data fad in healthcare is the direct result of a quarter century of hype about electronic medical records, promoted by the health policy elite with the encouragement and financial assistance of the computer industry.
September 4, 2014
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The daunting task of connecting fragmented data is the responsibility of providers and insurance providers after the adoption of EHR systems. How can this process be simplified?
September 4, 2014
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Is healthcare a business? In the United States, the question has been asked time and again but never satisfactorily answered. It's starting to look like Americans won’t be able to duck the question for much longer.
September 3, 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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