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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While wary clinicians remain a big hurdle, nine out of 10 hospitals are moving forward with plans to expand their use of front-end speech technology, according to a new KLAS report. The cost savings and care improvements make it a no-brainer, they say.
June 20, 2014
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The folks at cloud-based EHR company athenahealth found cause to celebrate earlier this week when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid posted the list of EHR products providers used to attest to meaningful use.
June 20, 2014
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David Bowen's title might be CIO of the Military Health System but these days he calls himself an anthropologist. The anthropology aspect of his job spans a wide-ranging consolidation across several military health IT systems.
June 19, 2014
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The American Hospital Association has called upon the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator to quickly finalize rules regarding the expansion of choice for certified electronic health records.
June 19, 2014
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Republican Texas Representative Michael Burgess, MD, vice-chair of the subcommittee on health within the House Energy and Commerce Committee, had not always been convinced of the benefits of health IT. But Hurricane Katrina changed his mind. Today, Burgess is a champion.
June 19, 2014
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Who's to blame when EHR implementations go south? There's often enough fault to go around. But when the fallout is bad enough, sometimes self-interested parties are all too ready to point fingers.
June 17, 2014
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Athenahealth and Epocrates, an athenahealth service, released a mobile trends report that shows nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pharmacists emerging as the most engaged users of mobile technology today.
June 17, 2014
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What can the U.S. healthcare industry learn from other nations? In the realm of EHR certification, arguably a whole lot, policymakers point out. The question arose during health IT policy talks in May, and reemerged this week: Could a Kaizen study of certification -- an end-to-end analysis -- reveal what has been lacking in the EHR certification process?
June 13, 2014
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With its sights set on a Department of Defense deal, technology giant IBM announced Tuesday it was teaming up with EHR behemoth Epic Systems to compete for the DoD Healthcare Management Systems Modernization contract. The DHMSM is slated to replace the current Military Health System and will serve some 9.7 million beneficiaries.
June 11, 2014
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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems have formed a strategic partnership to better serve their respective CIO and CMIO members.
June 11, 2014
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As of May, eligible hospitals and physicians have been paid out a whopping $23.7 billion in electronic health record incentive payments by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, up from $22.9 billion in April.
June 11, 2014
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When CHRISTUS Health decided to spin out two separate IT and healthcare informatics departments, there were plenty of challenges to grapple with. But so far the decision has been well worth it, with both clinical and financial ROI.
June 10, 2014
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While healthcare organizations have been preoccupied with EHR meaningful use, ICD-10 and HIPAA 5010, a lesser-known set of regulations that could have a dramatic effect on research institutions, and which will also require technological solutions, was finalized this year.
December 9, 2011
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During the SIIM 2011 Annual Meeting earlier this year, radiology leaders were rallying the industry to engage with the incentive program being driven under the Meaningful Use banner.
November 30, 2011
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A recent report published by The Commonwealth Fund finds that electronic consultation between primary care physicians and specialists could improve healthcare quality and reduce specialty care costs. However, e-consultation will be limited unless physicians can earn incentives and be reimbursed for use of the technology.
November 29, 2011
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This past week I had the pleasure of traveling, along with MedTech Media Editorial Director Rich Pizzi, to Amelia Island, Fla. for the inaugural HIMSS Leaders & Innovators conference.
November 22, 2011
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We’ve all heard the classic song Small Town by John Mellencamp, which romanticizes growing up and living in some place other than the big city. I, too, am what most would consider “small town,” and many aspects of small town life haven’t changed a lot since I left. That small-town simplicity, however, also exists in the local health care facilities.
November 16, 2011
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On Nov. 8, the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup, an organization of states and vendors focused on eliminating the barriers to sharing EHRs issued a set of technical specifications to standardize connections between healthcare providers, health information exchanges (HIEs) and other data-sharing partners.
November 10, 2011
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I see my doctor about once every 2-4 months (lately while we have been working through some issues). In between each visit my doctor sees a couple thousand other patients. I don't expect him to remember my story in between each visit. But I do expect him to keep good track of what's going on with me, and to refresh his memory before each of my visits.
October 19, 2011
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One of the challenges many face in their evaluation of Electronic Health Records is the treatment of an EHR as an application that provides all necessary functionality out of the box, rather than a platform that enables it.
October 11, 2011
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The 83rd Annual AHIMA Convention & Exhibit took place this week in Salt Lake City, Utah. The official AHIMA Resources twitter account promoted the hashtag #AHIMA11 in the weeks building up to the conference, in hopes that attendees would share personal experiences, tweet live events and enjoy the networking affairs. Here is a twitter recap of those who chose to do so.
October 7, 2011
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I'm going to break a bit out of my area to talk briefly about electronic health records (EHR). But there's a parallel with ICD-10 implementation.
September 29, 2011
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With Breast Cancer Awareness Month right around the corner, we'll soon begin to see a proliferation of pink awareness ribbons, public service announcements, and fundraisers – be they three-day treks or three-hour silent auctions.
September 27, 2011
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Talking to doctors about an EMR makes them run the other way or just simply tune out the speaker even with all of the government incentives and impending penalties by Medicare and Medicaid.
September 26, 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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