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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Since 2009 when HITECH passed, an average 233 hospitals per year have gone live with CPOE compared with 87 hospitals per year previously, according to research firm KLAS.
August 11, 2011
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Officials say electronic medical record integration is a key benefit of MinuteClinic and Indiana University Health's new clinical affiliation.
August 11, 2011
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UPMC and Nuance Communications have signed a 10-year agreement on a multi-million-dollar project to develop what they've dubbed Medical Intelligence solutions. The idea is to transform the way patient information is captured, understood and used by caregivers.
August 10, 2011
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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services recently launched its new Health Information Organization, which will coordinate the Granite State's public- and private-sector health technology IT initiatives.
August 9, 2011
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A five-year health IT-supported Medicare demonstration project that helped shape the accountable care organization (ACO) model being promoted today has shown what government officials say is significant improvement in care, while also saving Medicare millions of dollars.
August 8, 2011
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NextGen Healthcare Information Systems has allied with Dell to deliver healthcare IT and services to medical practices of all sizes, rural and community hospitals and physician networks.
August 8, 2011
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This summer, pre-med students at Penn State have been coaching doctors at Mount Nittany Medical Center on how to transition from paper to electronic health records as as they strive to implement an EHR system by the end of 2011 and receive meaningful use incentives.
August 8, 2011
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released an advance on a proposed rule about the use of existing metadata standards to support electronic health information exchange and to get feedback on the experience from various organizations that may have applied them.
August 8, 2011
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Meaningful use remains the strongest driver to implement electronic health records for physicians, according to a new survey that finds both potential EHR buyers and current users valuing the technology, but with substantially different perceptions and expectations.
August 8, 2011
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The news wasn’t a surprise. By the time it was confirmed, it had been rumored for months. Still, it was a sad day.
August 5, 2011
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As the need for certified electronic health record specialists (CEHRS) grows, it is important that healthcare organizations are able to recognize whether potential candidates are EHR-ready, says one consultant.
August 5, 2011
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Although James F. Holsinger, MD, was a late bloomer, enrolling in medical school at the age of 44, he proved to be a much earlier adopter of IT – using an EHR the day he opened his solo practice.
August 5, 2011
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