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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When Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki met at the Pentagon earlier this week, EHRs was one of the topics on the table.
February 29, 2012
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Hello Health, which integrates an electronic medical record, practice management capabilities and a patient health portal on a single, secure platform, has raised $10M through its parent company, Myca Health. The equity capital was privately funded by a select group of investors.
February 29, 2012
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On the last day of HIMSS12, Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile and Republican commentator Dana Perino sat down to discuss a range of topics. Covering everything from the 2012 election to EHRs to healthcare reform, the two presented a lively and entertaining discussion about government and healthcare.
February 28, 2012
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CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield will give more than $8.5 million over three years to help 12 safety net health center programs in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., implement medical home and care coordination programs for the region's most vulnerable population, the chronically ill.
February 28, 2012
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National Government Services, Inc. has been awarded the opportunity to participate in what the Department of Veterans Affairs describes as "an important indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract."
February 28, 2012
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released Feb. 24 its proposed rule for the certification of electronic health record systems.
February 28, 2012
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The American College of Cardiology, a 40,000-member nonprofit medical society, has issued a statement supporting the federal government's decision to delay Stage 2 meaningful use.
February 27, 2012
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A new study by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions indicates physicians are not using IT broadly to engage patients. No more than 20 percent of doctors are providing online scheduling or test results for their patients, and just 6 percent are using social media to communicate with them, according to Deloitte.
February 27, 2012
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Though most stakeholders are still drowning in the 455-page meaningful use Stage 2 proposed rule, issued February 23 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a few groups have stepped forward to weigh in.
February 24, 2012
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After some stops and starts, at last the federal government has released the long-awaited proposal for Stage 2 of qualifying for the meaningful use of electronic health records incentives.
February 24, 2012
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On the third day of the HIMSS12 conference in Las Vegas, Farzad Mostashari, MD, took to the stage in what ended up being a rousing address to a packed room of attendees. Here are seven key highlights from Mostashari's keynote speech.
February 24, 2012
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At HIMSS12 this week, Health Level Seven International (HL7) announced a pilot program that will offer some of its intellectual property, free of charge, in an effort to spur further EHR implementations.
February 24, 2012
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