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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Healthcare IT News has announced the results of its third annual H.I.T.Men and Women Awards, honoring top leaders in healthcare information technology.
February 10, 2012
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Billed as the nation's largest health information exchange organization, the Indiana HIE is poised to scale up and to expand its business plans, which include the launch of a new professional services organization to serve other HIEs.
February 10, 2012
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The eHealth Initiative (eHI) issued a report on Thursday, providing health IT recommendations to support accountable care organizations.
February 10, 2012
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Atul Gawande, MD, a surgeon, public health researcher and a writer for The New Yorker, advocates a mindset switch from docs as cowboys to docs as pit crews. Gawande also urges the smart use of data and a well-designed checklist for better and safer care.
February 10, 2012
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A recent brief from eHealth Initiative asserts that more health IT job opportunities are available than qualified people to fill them -- especially on the health data exchange front.
February 9, 2012
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The steep cost of electronic health record systems in today's market makes seeing a return on investment that much more important. Luckily, there are a few basic ways to see financial gains after implementing an EHR. Heidi Jannenga and Paul Winandy outline five ways to get ROI from your EHR.
February 8, 2012
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The State of Maine and HealthInfoNet have received a $600,000 grant to help support electronic sharing of health records among behavioral health providers and general medical providers in Maine.
February 8, 2012
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Colorado presents a mixed snapshot on how it is moving forward with health reform and other healthcare issues. On the one hand, it is a state leader in developing widely represented organizations to adopt EHRs and health information exchange. On the other, it is digging in its heels when it comes to health insurance exchange.
February 8, 2012
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By now, it's apparent EHRs need to grow up. But, as patient-centered business models become increasingly popular, the EHR is also shifting into a vital part of the success of these organizations. Shahid Shah outlines the five stages of EHR maturity and patient collaboration.
February 7, 2012
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The Premier healthcare alliance announced this week that its QUEST: High Performing Hospitals collaborative has expanded from 157 charter members to include 293 hospitals across 40 states -- an 87 percent increase in participation.
February 7, 2012
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The Office of Inspector General has provided a laundry list of management and performance challenges facing the Department of Health and Human Services. Many have IT implications, such as improving patient safety, preventing Medicare and Medicaid fraud and ensuring that IT systems and data are secure.
February 6, 2012
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A burgeoning market for healthcare peripherals and increasing smartphone processing power will result in the number of patients monitored by mobile networks to rise to 3 million by 2016, according to a new report on the mHealth sector from Juniper Research.
February 6, 2012
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