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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The Sage Group will sell Sage Healthcare, its practice management and electronic health record subsidiary, to Vista Equity Partners for $320 million.
September 22, 2011
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A new computerized family history tool aimed at allowing providers to take a detailed family history during the first prenatal visit, helping screen for inherited conditions and preterm birth, is being piloted by the March of Dimes and its partner organizations.
September 21, 2011
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is testing a tool among physicians to identify and report patient safety risks and near misses that may arise from the interaction of health IT with other systems or as a result of software design.
September 21, 2011
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CSC has announced the completion of the Master Patient Index (MPI) for Austria's electronic health record. The MPI will be an integral component in enabling Austria's healthcare professionals to perform a nationwide search for patient data.
September 20, 2011
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's Office of the Chief Privacy Officer and Office of Standards and Interoperability are launching an initiative to address standards for the ability to exchange parts of a medical record.
September 20, 2011
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Phytel has announced the launch of its Atmosphere platform, which integrates population health data with a patient communication engine to help providers proactively improve chronic and preventive care.
September 19, 2011
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Members of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) stormed Capitol Hill Sept. 15 in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of healthcare IT among federal lawmakers.
September 16, 2011
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McKesson has launched McKesson Practice Choice, a fully integrated electronic health record and practice management solution that puts advanced yet easy-to-use technology within reach of small independent primary care practices.
September 16, 2011
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Two recent vendor announcements indicate physicians are asking hospitals for greater access through their smartphones, both to access medical records and locked doors or workstations.
September 16, 2011
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First- and second-year students at Weill Cornell Medical College are being provided with new iPads, which will be synched with EMRs for training during their clerkships.
September 15, 2011
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A new study found that the criteria for hospitals to meet meaningful use of electronic medication order entry for Stage 1 is too low to have a significant impact on hospital mortality rates among Medicare patients.
September 15, 2011
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Microsoft, AT&T and Premier are among a group of healthcare IT leaders that have launched a new consortium designed to help providers participate in accountable care organizations.
September 14, 2011
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