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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SweetSpot Diabetes Care, a Portland, Ore.-based company, will remotely monitor blood glucose levels in veterans with diabetes, beginning with a pilot in Dayton, Ohio.
November 8, 2011
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Sharing electronic health information across every major emergency department in the Memphis, Tenn., area resulted in reduced hospital admissions, reduced radiology tests and an annual cost savings of nearly $2 million, according to a recent study conducted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
November 8, 2011
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Earlier this year, a robot named Watson beat out two long-time champs on the quiz show Jeopardy. The QA computing system built by IBM has since garnered attention from folks within the healthcare industry, and this past September, Watson landed his first full-time gig with WellPoint Inc. Andrew J. Lang gives us five things to know about Watson's role in healthcare.
November 7, 2011
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The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health, North Shore Medical Labs, Inc. and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) are poised to launch a demonstration project to spur broader adoption and use of electronic health records and support national efforts to reduce health disparities affecting minorities in underserved areas.
November 7, 2011
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SpaMedica has implemented IMS MAXIMS' electronic patient administration and records system. The software-as-a-service solution allows SpaMedica to expand its NHS contracts and make services available via the Choose and Book national electronic referral service.
November 4, 2011
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North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System has been awarded the most incentives -- nearly $3.7 million -- under a national pay-for-performance program, the system announced on Thursday.
November 4, 2011
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HealthGrades, of Denver, which provides information aimed at helping consumers make informed decisions about physicians and hospitals, and Madison, Wis.-based CPM, which provides customer relationship management technology for hospitals, announced a definitive agreement to merge the two companies.
November 4, 2011
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The American Society of Clinical Oncology has issued a detailed prescription for transforming clinical cancer research in the United States and speeding the creation of new therapies for patients. Healthcare information is at the core as a way to integrate clinical research and patient care.
November 4, 2011
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Citing concerns raised over the potential harm that could stem from a digital healthcare system, the Institute of Medicine, best known for its 1999 report on medical errors "To Err is Human," is poised to release another report -- this time on the risks associated with electronic health records.
November 4, 2011
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Google Health’s recent announcement that it will discontinue its personal health record vault service has analysts from around the industry questioning whether PHRs are a workable information source in their current form.
November 3, 2011
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) is collaborating with health technology company Allscripts to roll out electronic health records to more than 750 North Carolina physicians, including more than 150 physicians in 39 free clinics, allowing them to connect to the statewide health information exchange.
November 3, 2011
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Contrary to popular belief, a new study has found that older physicians who are clinically busier and see more complex patients are more likely to use new EHR functionality than younger clinicians.
November 3, 2011
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