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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Just two days after announcing its acquisition of assets from Southlake, Texas-based CySolutions, Greenway Medical Technologies is making more news: the expansion of its Georgia headquarters and the addition of some 400 jobs.
September 30, 2011
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Hard to believe, but it's been more than two and a half years since the HITECH Act first laid the lucrative incentives on the table to stimulate physician uptake of electronic health record adoption.
September 30, 2011
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Will accountable care organizations follow the lead of HIEs in analyzing data across participating providers, or surpass them? In this series, we are examining ways health IT can best support the goals of accountable care organizations (ACOs) for health reform.
September 30, 2011
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"It's no longer a niche or specialty thing," says Ginny Carpenter vice president of marketing for North America at Anoto, about her firm's pioneering digital pen technology. "Its right there on the list of the other data-capture options healthcare facilities might consider, like tablets or laptops or voice recognition."
September 29, 2011
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Medical Informatics Engineering has been selected as a participating vendor by NJ-HITEC, the regional extension center for New Jersey. As a participating vendor, MIE's WebChart EHR will help NJ-HITEC's participating healthcare providers transition from paper to electronic health records and qualify for meaningful use incentives.
September 29, 2011
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HRSA released $32 million to 904 community health centers nationwide on Thursday, part of an initiative that aims at enhancing the quality and coordination of healthcare services through the patient-centered medical home.
September 29, 2011
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Meaningful use expert Jim Tate has written that the Medicaid EHR incentive program reminds him of "zero entry" swimming pools: very easy to get into, with almost no barriers. Given its less stringent requirements compared to the Medicare EHR incentive program, Tate writes, he's surprised that more eligible professionals are "not jumping into this incentive program with both feet."
September 29, 2011
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The government's investment in electronic health records could result in a major payoff when it comes to boosting quality of care, according to new research of 500 primary care physicians.
September 29, 2011
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A board certified emergency physician has developed a new Web-based EHR system that he calls a hybrid because although it is free for physicians its personal health record component puts patients at its core.
September 29, 2011
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A unique summer program, which paired physicians at Mount Nittany Medical Center with pre-med students at Penn State, has proved to be successful in coaching doctors on EMR use and giving students a real-life experience in a hospital setting.
September 29, 2011
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The marriage between open source technology and electronic health records is at first blush, greeted by many with skepticism regarding robustness and efficacy. In truth, persistent myths obscure an intriguing reality: Open source EHR systems are not only possible but already in place.
September 29, 2011
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Farzad Mostashari, MD, the national health IT coordinator, urged the Health IT Standards Committee to push forward with standards that are "good enough" to get started on health information exchange rather than waiting until they gain maturity and wide adoption.
September 29, 2011
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