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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With more than 50 percent of practices and 80 percent of hospitals having adopted electronic health records and attested for meaningful use by now, it's time to talk about next steps.
March 6, 2014
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The Army is planning to upgrade its electronic medical record system to ensure soldiers wounded on the battlefield will have detailed permanent accounts of the scenario and treatment received.
March 6, 2014
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In a year where "compliance and enforcement is really where the action is going to be," it might help to have some advice on how to keep on the right side of patient privacy law.
March 5, 2014
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Ohio State University's 263 clinics have achieved Stage 7 of HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, which represents the top level of EMR use.
March 5, 2014
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In his $3.9 trillion fiscal year 2015 budget proposal released Tuesday, President Obama asked for $1.8 billion to support health information technology incentive payments -- the same amount he requested last year. Actual spending for this category came to $1.07 billion in 2013.
March 5, 2014
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With two hospitals, 800 physicians and more vendors than you can count on two hands and two feet, Hartford, Conn.-based St. Francis Care has a tall order when it comes to data sharing and care coordination.
March 4, 2014
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Greenway announced its acquisition this past week of Fort Myers, Fla.-based PeopleLYNK, which develops EHR-based patient outreach tools. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
March 3, 2014
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In Norman Rockwell's "Doctor and Boy Looking at Thermometer," a white-haired man in a tailored gray suit sits on the edge of bed and is engaged attentively with his patient. That physician made house calls and had the time to teach a young patient how to take a temperature. But, that was then. The reality is that Rockwell's physician actually spent more time providing care than documenting it.
March 3, 2014
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Black Book Rankings has unveiled its top-ranked EHRs for 2014, scoring vendors across six different client experience categories.
February 28, 2014
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The Office of the National Coordinator wants to create an EHR certification system for 2015 that would be guided by a more "effective response to stakeholder feedback" and incorporate "bug fixes" to make 2014 certification rules "clearer and easier to implement."
February 27, 2014
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At CCHIT's "The Decade of Health IT" summit at HIMSS14 on Wednesday, four national coordinators looked back on their experiences working to drive healthcare information technology adoption over the past 10 years.
February 27, 2014
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Speaking at the HIMSS14 Annual Conference & Exhibition Feb. 26, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton did not disappoint.
February 27, 2014
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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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There is no one, and I do mean no one, in your medical practice who does not need to know the basics of coding.
July 7, 2011
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In the afterglow of Google Health's collapse, I asked our social media followers for their reactions. While some mourned its loss, most don't seem to care. What does that say about the viability of PHRs?
June 29, 2011
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Few are surprised by this NY Times headline – Google to End Health Records Service After It Fails to Attract Users. Rumors and expectations of this announcement have been in the market for several months now. Reality has struck. Google Health evaporates.
June 28, 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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