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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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital leaders have launched an initiative to create a single electronic health record platform. The hospital will extend and expand its Allscripts technology throughout its facilities.
December 1, 2014
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Want ads for health information technology professionals saw a moderate slump in the third quarter, falling 4 percent from Q2. But the numbers weren't all underwhelming, as certain new job titles saw strong growth.
November 28, 2014
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Flu season is coming early this year. That forecast comes from data collected by athenahealth, which has reported early signs of influenza based on patient visit data from its cloud-based network.
November 26, 2014
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Weill Cornell's Keith Hentel, MD, will be the first to tell you: His radiology department intentionally failed to meet Stage 1 of meaningful use. They could have done it. But it would have meant pouring already limited resources into something that "doesn't really move our practice anywhere in the right direction," he said.
November 25, 2014
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Offering a bit of leeway, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has pushed out the deadline for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals to attest to meaningful use for the 2014 reporting year, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 31.
November 25, 2014
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With all the talk about patient engagement as a component of both meaningful use and of healthcare quality improvement, it seems to be lacking in one of the most obvious places of all: the hospital room.
November 24, 2014
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As debate swirls about a recent Institute of Medicine report suggesting that electronic health records collect more non-clinical patient data for population health research, a new poll suggest patients are mostly willing to offer access to anonymized health information -- but only to an extent.
November 24, 2014
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CommonWell Health Alliance is marching toward "a new phase" of its vendor-driven interoperability efforts, extending its availability to providers, signing on new corporate members and eyeing new opportunities for nationwide expansion.
November 21, 2014
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A report from the Office of Inspector General outlines the top challenges faced by the Department of Health and Human Services in FY 2014. Among them: meaningful use and interoperability. OIG also highlighted several area HHS continues to struggle with heading into 2015, including electronic health records.
November 20, 2014
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In case anyone was still wondering about a leadership vacuum at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Karen DeSalvo, MD, is still national coordinator -- a fact that was in evidence Wednesday at the close of the American Medical Informatics Association's annual conference.
November 20, 2014
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Rather than just getting more cheerleading for a technology that has been disappointing for years, attendees at the AMIA annual conference on Tuesday heard a refreshingly frank assessment of the slow uptake of personal health records.
November 19, 2014
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At the American Medical Informatics Association's annual symposium today, developers and backers of public application programming interfaces talked about how the standard could speed interoperability with add-on apps to enterprise EHRs, and help make those bulky systems more nimble.
November 18, 2014
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Engagement is a two way street. It takes both parties to create engagement, not just one or the other.
March 21, 2012
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While in Chicago recently, I was asked how we validated our quality measures when we moved from chart abstraction to automated computation of PRQS, Meaningful Use, Pioneer ACO, and Alternative Quality Contract measures via the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative Quality Data Center (QDC).
March 20, 2012
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Today I want to spend time on the psychology of engagement, as I believe it is critical to the success of connected health and can also be highly individualized.
March 15, 2012
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Research published this week in the journal Health Affairs suggests computerized patient records are unlikely to cut healthcare costs. The article says going paperless might actually encourage physicians to order costly tests on a more regular basis. How did social media denizens respond to this information?
March 7, 2012
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Apparently, doctors who order a lot of imaging tests are more likely to have electronic systems that let them view those images in their offices.
March 7, 2012
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Easy-to-use software programs like TurboTax have changed Tax Day rituals, enabling filers to stay at home and avoid that last-minute dash for postage and shipment. Similar, one-click technology is playing a part in reducing the frustrations of physicians and clinical staff working through the Meaningful Use attestation process.
March 6, 2012
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Last week we attended the big healthcare IT confab HIMSS in that grand city of sin, Las Vegas. Nearly every vendor we met with at HIMSS had a story to tell about how they had the solution the market was seeking for ACO enablement.
February 29, 2012
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You want irony? Try this: the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that we women are the ones who make the health care choices for the kids in 8 out of 10 families. Yet women are far and away the minority gender in the world of health IT leaders. While this is by no means the definitive list, I’ve done some research on the women who ARE making their mark in HIT.
February 21, 2012
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The bottom line from every product I've used and everyone I've spoken with is that there is no current "perfect" EHR. We're still very early in the EHR maturity lifecycle.
February 15, 2012
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I asked health IT leaders from Pioneer ACO Eastern Maine Healthcare System to share their experiences participating in the program, about the IT infrastructure they have in place to coordinate the delivery of care, and any advice they would give other health IT professionals working toward creating an ACO.
February 7, 2012
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With Meaningful Use requirements, connecting to Health Information Exchanges, coordinating data flow in Accountable Care Organizations, updating devices to ICD-10 codes and general interoperability projects, there is a tremendous amount of work going on in Health IT.
February 1, 2012
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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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Sage Healthcare Division announced today that it has been named an appropriate and qualified vendor of the New Mexico Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (NM HITREC). Serving more than 400,000 healthcare professionals, including 80,000 physicians in North America, Sage will make its ONC-ATCB certified Sage Intergy Meaningful Use Edition available to the REC’s more than 1,000 participating physicians.  
April 25, 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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