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 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.
May 1, 2014
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Some analysts are predicting the next "great wave" in EHR purchasing among U.S. hospitals to be just around the corner. But do the numbers really bear that out?
April 30, 2014
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Health IT solutions company Medfusion has officially terminated its contract with EHR giant Allscripts following a series of unresolved payment disputes, company officials announced Monday.
April 29, 2014
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The global market for electronic medical records has shot up to $23.2 billion in 2013, according to a new report from research firm Kalorama: EMR 2014: The Market for Electronic Medical Records.
April 29, 2014
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One of the biggest challenges American hospitals face right now is adopting electronic medical records systems. It's costing tens of billions of dollars, eating up tons of staff time and it's especially tough for the country's 2,000 rural and small town hospitals.
April 28, 2014
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With the maturing of the meaningful use incentive program, federal advisory groups are beginning to re-evaluate their roles and the best way to support providers moving forward. At the April 24 HIT Standards Committee meeting, federal officials announced changes in leadership along with proposals about how the organization might reconfigure itself.
April 25, 2014
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In a letter to National Coordinator for Healthcare Information Technology Karen DeSalvo, MD, the Electronic Health Record Association argues that ONC's proposed Voluntary 2015 Edition Electronic Health Record Certification Criteria rule will cost too much, will disrupt progress and simply isn't "necessary or workable."
April 25, 2014
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Health information technology systems have made their way to the No. 1 patient safety concern for healthcare organizations, according to the findings of a new ECRI industry report.
April 23, 2014
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If you think your hospital IT department is one of the best in the U.S., nominate it for Healthcare IT News' 4th annual Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments program. Nominations opened April 23, and close May 23.
April 23, 2014
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UMass Memorial Health Care is partnering with Minneapolis-based Luminat, which develops care planning tools, to create a platform that will integrate patients' end-of-life directives into their electronic health records.
April 22, 2014
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Cloud-based EHR company athenahealth will resign from the EHR Association. Its executives say it does not belong there, since it is neither an EHR company nor a software vendor.
April 22, 2014
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With its acquisition this past week of Atlanta-based Accelarad, Nuance Communications has launched its PowerShare Network, a cloud-based platform to enable the sharing of medical images and reports.
April 21, 2014
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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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The problem that EHRs run into is that in order to measure quality, you need to know about certain condition specific data. Yet this data is often very hard to codify in an EHR.
September 21, 2011
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Anthelio, a healthcare IT services firm, announced on Sept. 14 the availability of IT-ology, a help desk designed to provide physicians with an on-demand peer resource to support the rollout and effective use of EHRs.
September 16, 2011
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Today I'm in Vermont, meeting with the stakeholders of Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL), the federally designated Regional Extension Center and Health Information Exchange for Vermont.
September 7, 2011
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Though it was longer ago than I care to admit, I can remember checking out every copy of the Choose Your Own Adventure series my local library had to offer. Imagine my surprise when I found a similar concept had been applied to the curriculum at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Medicine.
September 2, 2011
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Healthcare is one of the last industries in the United States to universally incorporate technological advancements.
September 1, 2011
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Which aspects of electronic medical records should have been outlined in our list of the five "worst EMR myths"? The social media community speaks.
August 30, 2011
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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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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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