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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Legislation was introduced this week by four congressmen seeking to ensure that multi-campus hospitals receive their health IT incentives fairly.
July 14, 2011
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In its 13th year, the Most Wired hospitals and health systems list, put out by Hospitals & Health Networks, seems to have upped its value as an indicator of hospital care, rather than just a marketing tool.
July 14, 2011
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Nuance Communications has announced its acquisition of Webmedx, the Atlanta-based transcription services provider. Officials say the deal will strengthen Nuance Transcription Services, and that Webmedx's natural language processing-driven Quality Analytics application will enhance Nuance's clinical language understanding technology.
July 14, 2011
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HealthInsight, a Salt Lake City-based non-profit, announced Thursday that it will launch a health information exchange in Nevada. HealthInsight is a regional extension center and an ONC Beacon Community.
July 14, 2011
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The Cambridge, Mass.-based online physician network has introduced a platform that enables physicians to seek medical advice in real-time, through their smartphones, and includes the ability to download a photograph.
July 14, 2011
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The federal Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model that was announced last May is asking too much of providers, too soon, according to Brian Yeaman, chief medical information officer of Oklahoma-based Normal Regional Health System.
July 13, 2011
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) has launched an emergency room education campaign, incorporating Google Maps to make it easier for consumers to find and use retail health clinics and urgent care centers for non-emergency conditions.
July 13, 2011
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MedQuist, a provider of integrated clinical documentation solutions for healthcare, has announced its acquisition of Pittsburgh-based speech recognition technology developer M*Modal for $130 million.
July 12, 2011
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In an evolution one executive says will help physicians face an "onslaught of uncertainties and challenges," GE Healthcare has launched the latest version of its integrated EMR and PM system for physician practices, Centricity Practice Solution 10.
July 12, 2011
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Wednesday marks the one year anniversary since CMS set the meaningful use criteria for electronic health records. And while that has helped drive adoption, a high percentage of hospitals report they expect to continue to treat patient using paper records for up to five more years.
July 12, 2011
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The St. Louis-based vendor's new Eden solution is designed to help small practices maintain their independence by combining all EMR and PM solutions on a platform accessible by Macs, iPhones and iPads.
July 12, 2011
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The nation's "Most Wired" hospitals are making progress towards greater health information technology adoption, especially in terms of computerized physician order entry, according to Hospitals & Health Networks' 2011 Most Wired Survey results.
July 11, 2011
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