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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Propelled by government incentives, a desire to improve patient outcomes and the bottom line, sales of electronic medical records reached $17.9 billion in 2011, up 14.2 percent from the previous year, according to market research publisher Kalorama Information.
March 23, 2012
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Health IT alone is not the panacea for reducing healthcare costs system-wide, but it's "a very important and credible aspect," according to Justin Barnes, vice president government affairs at Greenway Medical Technologies.
March 21, 2012
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Even as more and more healthcare organizations are implementing electronic health records, many of them are not decreasing their reliance on paper-based processes, according to a new survey from Anoto, which develops digital pen and paper technology.
March 21, 2012
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U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, an advocate for the use of electronic health records, touted preventive care and the benefits of healthcare reform when she spoke in Maine on Monday, the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.
March 20, 2012
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The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), in partnership with three Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs) -- Health Choice Network of Florida, OCHIN of Oregon and the Alliance of Chicago -- has launched THQLink (connecting Technology, Health, and Quality). The intent is to help safety-net providers manage the increasing demands for quality cost and outcome.
March 20, 2012
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Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the University of Rochester are partnering to offer a joint master's degree in medical informatics. It is the first time that the universities have collaborated to offer a joint degree program.
March 19, 2012
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CMS data show that both large and small hospital vendors found success in the first year of meaningful use attestation, according to a new report by research firm KLAS. Hospitals using Allscripts, Healthland, HMS, McKesson and Siemens were slower to take off than others using Cerner, CPSI, Epic and MEDITECH, the report showed.
March 16, 2012
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The government on Thursday announced it would delay enforcement of HIPAA 5010 transactions to June 30, 2012. It's the second three-month delay on enforcement to be made by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Office of E-Health Standards and Services (OESS).
March 15, 2012
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee has agreed to pay the Department of Health and Human Services $1.5 million to settle potential violations of HIPAA privacy and security provisions. It is the first enforcement action resulting from the HITECH Breach Notification Rule.
March 15, 2012
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From its beginnings as a conceptual network of networks, the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) has grown and matured, and will be ready to enter a new phase later this year as a non-federal, nonprofit entity enabling public-private interoperability and data exchange.
March 15, 2012
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Continua Health Alliance, the international not-for-profit industry group seeking to spur connectivity and interoperability of health devices, has announced two new certifications for mobile health technologies.
March 15, 2012
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Researchers for a study on the use of electronic health records have issued a response to public criticism they received on the study from National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari, MD.
March 14, 2012
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