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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The American Medical Association, which represents more than 200,000 members, says it's time to fix poorly designed EHRs so doctors can use them more effectively and better serve their patients.
September 17, 2014
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In a pointed letter sent to HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell on Monday, a who's-who of industry stakeholders complained of "immediate concerns" about their members' ability to continue meaningful use participation.
September 16, 2014
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You might say the CIO and IT team at Harrisburg Medical Center are hands on. When it came to tackling the toughest piece of meaningful use Stage 2, they added a staff member to connect with patients at home.
September 16, 2014
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Outsourcing company Cognizant, which provides healthcare technology services to providers and payers, will buy health IT software company TriZetto for $2.7 billion in cash, with the intent to better position itself in the market and take advantage of changes taking place in the sector.
September 15, 2014
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Electronic health record behemoth Epic Systems has inked a deal with a lobbying firm to work on its interoperability image -- one that has left a perception that Epic has a closed system that does not easily work well with other EHR systems.
September 12, 2014
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DuBois Regional Medical Center in DuBois, Pa. was first to attest to Stage 2 of meaningful use among a handful of hospitals that attested early. Though more hospitals have attested to date, the number could still be counted on a couple sets of hands.
September 12, 2014
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In order to connect the nation's veterans with their healthcare records, the Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new mHealth campaign that will put health data into the hands of the consumer.
September 12, 2014
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CMS and ONC disappointed many CIOs and IT teams around the country on Aug. 29 when it issued a final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use that lacked the flexibility on reporting that so many had counted on -- and perhaps expected, because what they had proposed seemed like a reasonable compromise to them.
September 11, 2014
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When the Office for Civil Rights knocks on your door, asking about HIPAA compliance, it pays to be ready. And OCR is looking to audit providers ranging from large to small, and across a wide geographical distribution.
September 10, 2014
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ONC and HHS issued a final rule today that they say will give EHR makers, health IT developers, providers and consumers more flexibility and clarity when it comes to 2014 Edition certification criteria.
September 10, 2014
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Apple is out with its latest, much-anticipated products, and taking a step into healthcare with a new iPhone-enabled watch. Will this be a big step forward for digital health, or just a grab of the high-end quantified-self market?
September 9, 2014
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Seattle Children's has received a $5.56 million grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to pilot a program deploying innovative care management strategies for disabled patients.
September 9, 2014
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Earlier this month, I wrote about some of the most important and notable highlights in the world of health IT and ONC over the past year. As we start the New Year, I am excited about what the future holds and want to share what I see as five big health IT trends for the year to come.
January 31, 2012
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To find out what is it that separates the health care providers who truly reap the benefits of switching to EMR, from those who don’t, I interviewed representatives of three health providers who use EMRs now.
January 23, 2012
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Jon Huntsman, one of the Republican candidates with a background of instituting new healthcare measures, dropped out of the presidential race Jan. 16.
January 17, 2012
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Admittedly, our predictions for 2011 were modest. So for 2012, we’ll go out on a limb with many of our predictions. Hopefully that limb won’t crack sending us crashing to the ground.
January 12, 2012
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Last year I started a series of “Dos and Don'ts” in hospital tech by focusing on wireless technologies. Folks asked a lot of questions about dos and don'ts in other tech areas so here’s a list of more tips and tricks.
January 11, 2012
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I would like to highlight ten of this year's most notable developments in the world of health information technology and ONC.
January 10, 2012
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You can read about the shift happening. You can see the shift happening. You can sense the shift happening. In all of this, there is still an understanding that we have a long way to go in order to achieve a true connected health care system, yet we know the movement is happening.
December 29, 2011
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It is almost becoming the norm to say that it has been another tumultuous year in the healthcare IT market. If 2011, was a bit bumpy, believe we will see craters in the road to HIT enlightenment in 2012.
December 28, 2011
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2011 was a hard year filled with Meaningful Use (including many upgrades to certified systems or self-certification), 5010 (the deadline for upgrading billing systems is January 1, 2012), accelerating compliance demands, new security threats, rapidly evolving technologies, and unprecedented demand for new projects driven by the consumerization of IT.
December 27, 2011
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Productivity loss and workflow disruptions are commonplace as our industry gets on the Meaningful Use bandwagon and is starting to adopt EHR systems at a slightly more rapid pace than in previous years (things aren’t really as rosy as many think, but the pace is picking up).
December 22, 2011
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The December HIT Standards Committee included a discussion of the work ahead for the next year based on the priorities we've heard from stakeholders. We'll have 10 in person and 2 telephonic meetings in 2012.
December 20, 2011
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The amount of office based physicians using electronic health records (EHRs) is up 12% from 2010 according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.
December 19, 2011
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Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc. today announced the integration of its electronic health record (EHR), practice management and interoperability solution PrimeSUITE 2011 with Cognify, Inc.’s web-based Participant Tracking System that monitors care plan continuums.
April 19, 2011
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The two-day PharmEHR Summit opens today, bringing together for the first time senior executives from pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, electronic health records (EHR) vendors and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss the impact of rapid EHR adoption by U.S. physicians on drug regulatory and marketing issues.
April 7, 2011
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Drummond Group Inc., an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), has introduced its "EHR Certification Roadmap for Hospitals."
March 17, 2011
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Practice Fusion, the fastest growing Electronic Medical Records system in the US, launched iPad access today at the annual HIMSS Healthcare IT Conference in Orlando, the premier health IT conference which drew over 27,000 attendees in 2010.
February 22, 2011
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The Regional Extension Center (REC), Vendor Selection and Management Community of Practice (VSM CoP) and the HIMSS EHR Association (EHR Association) announced today the formation of a joint initiative, the EHR Vendor Communications Workgroup, in recognition of the need for long-term cooperation and collaboration among RECs and EHR companies to benefit healthcare providers and their patients as they implement EHRs and work toward meeting meaningful use requirements.
February 22, 2011
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Surescripts, the nation's largest e-prescription network, today announced the availability of a new free of charge service to help vendors of electronic health records test and certify to providers that their EHR meets federal requirements for meaningful use.
February 22, 2011
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From the floor of the HIMSS11 Conference & Exhibition, Allscripts today announced the Application Store & Exchange and the Allscripts Referral Network, two innovations to help hospitals and physician groups share ideas and information to improve care coordination, both inside and outside their organizations.
February 22, 2011
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athenahealth, Inc., a leading provider of web-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR), and patient communication services to medical groups, and Sermo, the world's largest online community for physicians, today released select findings from its second annual “Physician Sentiment Index” (PSI) at the HIMSS 2011 conference.
February 21, 2011
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Sage Healthcare Division, a unit of Sage North America, announced today it has been named a preferred vendor by Colorado Regional Extension Center (CO-REC).
December 21, 2010
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MMRGlobal, Inc. announced today it plans to offer U.S. Veterans the opportunity to maintain all their medical records and personal health information directly in a MyMedicalRecords Personal Health Record (PHR) located at www.MyBlueButton.org.
October 27, 2010
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MMRGlobal, Inc. today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Chartis to offer its energy casualty clients a suite of secure, online products that will allow their employees to manage critical, sensitive information such as medical, financial and vital records.
October 20, 2010
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SRS, the leading provider of productivity-enhancing technology and services for high-performance physician specialty practices today announced that Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI) has selected the SRS Hybrid EMR for its 242 providers.
October 19, 2010
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