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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Nuance Communications has expanded the availability of its real-time medical voice recognition solution, Dragon Medical, to French-speaking providers in Canada.
January 12, 2012
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Career Quest Learning Centers, in Lansing, Mich., has introduced a new Health Information Technology program to meet employer demands for new workers to handle federally mandated electronic health records. Classes begin Feb. 1 at Michigan campuses in Lansing, Jackson and Kalamazoo.
January 12, 2012
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The American Medical Association unveiled Wednesday a redesigned website for its Practice Management Center, featuring a new layout that is easier to navigate and faster to use.
January 11, 2012
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Adventist Health, an integrated healthcare delivery system headquartered in Roseville, Calif, will expand its electronic health record system across more than 130 outpatient clinic -- which includes the largest California network of rural health clinics.
January 11, 2012
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"In 2012, meaningful use will soar," National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari asserted at the Jan. 10 meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee.
January 10, 2012
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The Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record program has paid more than $2.5 billion to physicians and hospitals in incentive payments for all of 2011, with December contributing to the steep growth curve.
January 10, 2012
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Because our cover story by Mike Miliard this first month of 2012 explores what healthcare IT might look like a short five years from now, we decided to put our Newsmaker spotlight on a physician who can’t seem to stop thinking about the future, even as he disavows the title “futurist.”
January 10, 2012
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Membership wholesale club Costco has launched hosted electronic heath record and practice management software for member physicians, developed in partnership with Troy, N.Y.-based Etransmedia and Chicago-based Allscripts.
January 10, 2012
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Doctors who routinely use health IT perceived more benefits in improving healthcare delivery, according to a new Accenture survey of more than 3,700 doctors across eight countries.
January 10, 2012
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In 2010, the Veterans Administration launched the Blue Button, a standards format that allows simple exchange of a patient’s personal health data. Initially designed for use by veterans, the idea has taken off like gangbusters in the private sector and has been supported by at least one major care provider overseas.
January 10, 2012
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Physician and blogger Kevin Pho, MD, who practices medicine in Nashua, N.H., discusses the healthcare issues that matter most to Granite State voters, and explains how politics shape ballot casters' views of health reform during the primary process.
January 9, 2012
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The Nemours children's healthcare system is using cloud technology from Redwood Shores, Calif.-based Saba to enable enterprise-wide learning and compliance with its Epic electronic medical record system.
January 9, 2012
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