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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Electronic health records don't just enable better care; they also make it a heck of a lot easier to catch employees who inappropriately view patients' protected health information.
January 26, 2015
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Medicare is giving bonuses to a majority of hospitals that it graded on quality, but many of those rewards will be wiped out by penalties the government has issued for other shortcomings.
January 26, 2015
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After 350 giant steps, Kaiser has reached the pinnacle of HIMSS Analytics' Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model.
January 26, 2015
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Patient safety demands that certified electronic health records enable unique device identification, says a group of providers led by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
January 23, 2015
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The University of Virginia Health System is putting its EpicCare electronic medical record to work on a pilot designed to speed patients' access to specialists.
January 23, 2015
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Just three weeks into 2015, and there have already been some pretty big happenings in health IT. Angry docs! Unsatisfied patients! Emerging new C-suite roles! We look back at the week that was.
January 22, 2015
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Even as Mountain View pulls back the reins on consumer-facing development, clinical applications of Google Glass are "full-steam ahead."
January 22, 2015
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A coalition of 35 physician organizations led by the American Medical Association says doctors are fed up with their EHRs and the multitude of requirements coming from the meaningful use program.
January 22, 2015
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We all know about CIOs and CMIOs. But what's the job of a chief health information officer, anyway?
January 22, 2015
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For Miami Children's Hospital, patient engagement is far more than a Stage 2 meaningful use hurdle -- it's seen as an opportunity for organization-wide change that will impact clinical care and the bottom line.
January 21, 2015
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National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, has appointed a practicing physician to head a newly created role: Chief Health Information Officer.
January 21, 2015
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Together with MIT, Royal Philips has launched a new initiative that gives healthcare researchers new insights into caring for patients who require intensive care.
January 21, 2015
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Sometimes healthcare hits close to home, and by that I mean it reaches out from behind the computer screens and conference podiums I sit so often in front of and grabs me by the shoulders, shaking me out of my blogging bubble with the message that this state of care we’re all living in needs to get better, quickly.
May 18, 2012
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Although many healthcare organizations have made the transition, a significant number continue to struggle with the implementation of EMR technology.
April 18, 2012
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The proposed rule for Stage 2 Meaningful Use has a strong emphasis on patient engagement. This is certainly a good thing, and I am very glad to see the focus put on this area.
April 17, 2012
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No matter what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) decide to do with the ICD-10 implementation deadline, clinical documentation improvement (CDI) may become a survival tactic for hospitals.
April 4, 2012
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Like many of you, I made the annual pilgrimage to the HIMSS Conference last month but I didn’t write much publicly about it. Here’s what I learned while I was in Vegas and my takeaways for the rest of the year.
March 27, 2012
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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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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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