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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Geographic information systems can take EHR-related data to create visual analytics that help direct population health management.
April 12, 2015
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Greg Shorr, MD, has some issues with electronic health record user experience.
April 12, 2015
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The progress being made by deploying new technology will be lost unless healthcare payment models change.
April 12, 2015
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It's a tall task to pursue perfection in care quality measurement. Here's how one hospital system takes on the challenge.
April 12, 2015
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If you request a copy of your medical records, chances are it won't take long to find a mistake -- a mistake that could cost you big time down the road.
April 12, 2015
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Sunday's Nursing Informatics Symposium at HIMSS15 asked an age-old question about healthcare technology: What do providers, who interact and care for patients daily, do with technology designed to streamline and take some of the interaction out of healthcare?
April 12, 2015
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"I don't think I've been more excited that I have been in the last year about the possibility of solving the problems we're facing," said Sanaz Cordes, MD.
April 12, 2015
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Healthcare organizations that reached Stage 7 on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, or EMRAM, prior to 2014 will receive instructions about the Stage 7 revalidation process by year-end, HIMSS Analytics announced today at HIMSS15.
April 12, 2015
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued another proposed rule for meaningful use on Friday, aiming to align Stage 1 and Stage 2 objectives and measures with the long-term proposals for Stage 3.
April 10, 2015
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ONC is "becoming increasingly concerned" about reports of vendors and providers engaged in data blocking practices, "which devalue taxpayer investments in health IT and are fundamentally incompatible with efforts to transform the nation's health system."
April 10, 2015
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About five dozen provider sites across 15 states are currently live with services from CommonWell Health Alliance, the vendor-led interoperability initiative. On Thursday, the group says it plans to grow that number to 5,000 nationwide in 2015.
April 9, 2015
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Comments to ONC on its draft interoperability roadmap start out with expressions of support, but continue with the nitty-gritty details of implementation -- putting a spotlight on the complexity of achieving something that's so far eluded healthcare.
April 9, 2015
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In a time of EHR naysayers, mean-spirited election year politics, and press misinterpretation, it's important that we all send a unified message about our progress on the national priorities we've developed by consensus.
October 31, 2012
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I spent a couple days this week at the annual meeting of the Medical Group Management Association, in San Antonio. I had the opportunity to speak about healthcare social media to an engaged crowd, and to attend a number of other interesting sessions.
October 25, 2012
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We had an extensive discussion about guidelines for producing content for ABBI on the content call today. It was challenging in several ways.
October 23, 2012
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The seasons have changed and that signals the intense, final preparations for this year’s Connected Health Symposium.
October 16, 2012
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With the recent explosion in the use of technology in healthcare, preparing students who are in clinical programs for the leap into the preverbal technology pool is essential to their success.
October 9, 2012
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For some of us, it will be hard not to take an increasingly vested interest in how our healthcare is administered considering the rapid changes sprung from the launch of The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act and subsequent meaningful use requirements.
October 3, 2012
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Recently upon leaving my doctor’s office I was presented with a print-out of my visit summary. Knowing I worked it the HIT space my doctor proudly stated that this was one the ways that they planned to meet one of the menu objectives of Stage One meaningful use (MU).
October 2, 2012
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As many Apple fan boys (or fan girls) waited with baited breath outside of Apple stores last Friday (or paid someone to stand in line for them) in an attempt to walk out with the new iPhone 5, I used my dinosaur of an iPhone 3 to read tweets about their travails - bad weather, unscrupulous line-cutters, unexpected labor pains ... (Those last two are pure conjecture, by the way.)
September 25, 2012
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In his most recent article for The New Yorker, Atul Gawande drew some impressive comparisons between the efficiency of the U.S. healthcare system and one of the country’s most successful restaurant chains.
September 12, 2012
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I was hanging out with David Shaywitz of Forbes the other day and he told me about a piece he wrote some time back about the buzzwords associated with the “innovation” culture that has emerged by name in Silicon Valley and Beyond. This inspired me to develop a Healthcare IT Bingo board.
September 7, 2012
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All together now, dear readers – repeat after me: Rock Health. Blueprint Health. Health Box. Have I missed any? Healthcare start up/incubator/accelerator programs – call them what you will – are popping up everywhere these days.
August 24, 2012
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It’s just one report, but based on the results of a recent study by Manhattan Research, policymakers may want to make sure that the array of programs designed to facilitate the use of EHRs and other health IT are aimed at the right healthcare professionals.
August 1, 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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