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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EHRs were designed to satisfy specific functions for distinct parts of the care process. Currently, EHRs are all about making sure all the warnings are heeded, and all boxes are checked. It's about bringing the information together to make physicians' jobs easier so they can make faster, more informed patient care decisions.
April 10, 2014
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ONC chief Karen DeSalvo, MD, envisions an agency with new workgroups and a less siloed approach, with consumer and privacy advocates participating across all the groups.
April 10, 2014
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Healthcare CIOs report their workload is growing in both scope and complexity, and there seems to be no end in sight. This is according to a new report from nationwide healthcare executive search firm SSi-SEARCH.
April 9, 2014
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Bill Spooner "retired" from his post as leader of Sharp HealthCare's 450-member IT team on Feb. 14. The quotes around "retired" are necessary because he has something in the works -- he won't say what yet. It's something that will keep him working halftime, or maybe more. It's too hard to leave healthcare IT altogether at this promising juncture, he says.
April 8, 2014
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We hear a lot about patient engagement these days. Certainly, the idea is a noble one. And the benefits it could bring when practiced on a wide scale are immense. But a lot of providers are still wondering: How do you do it?
April 3, 2014
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The American Health Information Management Association is urging controls on the copy-and-paste functionality in electronic health record systems. The use of copy-and-paste should be permitted only when such "strong technology and administrative controls," are in place, the organization wrote in a position statement.
March 31, 2014
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Smart use of clinical and business intelligence has helped earn 21 University of Iowa Health Care clinics a spot among an elite few, as they've been awarded a Stage 7 Ambulatory Award from HIMSS Analytics.
March 27, 2014
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Not having enough money to complete a successful IT implementation is the top worry of participants in the 25th Annual 2014 HIMSS Leadership Survey. The survey examines a wide array of topics crucial to healthcare leaders including IT priorities, issues driving and challenging technology adoption and IT security.
March 27, 2014
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Solo physicians and small practices are finally starting to show encouraging electronic health record adoption rates, according to a new report from SK&A.
March 26, 2014
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Learn what one doctor did to combat "note bloat" and get the most out of his health network's EHR. This physician, CMIO and CIO is used to pointing out problems and making sure they get fixed.
March 25, 2014
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has launched a dozen projects that will develop strategies and suggestions for various facets of Stage 3 meaningful use.
March 24, 2014
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Provider uncertainty is hindering the implementation of the Designated Test EHR Program, a data exchange initiative launched earlier this year by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
March 24, 2014
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When Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the national coordinator for health information technology, addresses more than 4,700 healthcare professionals at the Allscripts Client Experience in Nashville on Monday morning, Aug. 29, he’s likely to discuss one of the most exciting developments in healthcare today – and perhaps surprisingly, it won’t be the meaningful use of electronic health records.
August 28, 2011
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Social media in healthcare is evolving and finding its way into operational and clinical tools and this has been where much of my focus has been lately.
August 24, 2011
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Those of you keeping a close eye on the ONC and its activities might have noticed the advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) that was published on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, requesting public input on a set of proposed metadata standards recommended to ONC by the HIT Standards Committee.
August 18, 2011
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I'm often asked why healthcare has been slow to automate its processes compared to other industries such as the airlines, shipping/logistics, or the financial services industry.
August 10, 2011
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My oldest daughter started kindergarten this week – her only negative comment was that “there are so many rules!” How many times has that sentence been uttered, or at least thought, by providers, vendors, consultants and even patients, when it comes to healthcare these days?
August 9, 2011
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There’s been a lot of talk lately about the future of health information exchange (HIE)—what it will mean 10, 15 or even 20 years down the road. There is no question that providers recognize the importance of HIE, and realize in combination with EHRs that it will transform the practice of medicine.
August 4, 2011
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One of the most mis-understood Meaningful Use core measures for EPs is the objective to: “Provide clinical summaries for patients for each office visit."
July 22, 2011
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Amid the move by physicians and hospitals to adopt EHRs, patients remain concerned about the security of their personal health information. That’s the high-level finding of an online survey conducted in early May among more than 2,700 U.S. adults by Harris Interactive on behalf of Xerox Corporation.
July 20, 2011
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I spent some time recently on a call regarding yet another government agency's interest in interoperability in Healthcare IT. It seems, with the advent of meaningful use, interconnected healthcare IT applications and devices, that Interoperability has become the new religion.
July 14, 2011
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Personal health information and the lack of security surrounding it has caused quite a bit of buzz lately.
July 13, 2011
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How comprehensive can the information in an EHR be before patients grow concerned for their privacy? Do doctors using EHRs run the risk of missing the meat on the bones -- the details?
July 8, 2011
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While searching for information on recently certified EHRs, I landed on the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC)'s Certified Health IT Product List page. To my surprise, I found that the site lists 570 certified products in the ambulatory category and 294 in the inpatient category. The lists include both modular and complete EHR products.
July 7, 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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DocPatientNetwork.com, Inc. announced today that Doctations, Version 2.0 is 2011/2012 compliant and is certified as a Complete EHR by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable Eligible Provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
October 18, 2010
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