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 Department of Defense Military Health System has awarded a $9 million contract to Arlington, Va.-based Vangent for 24/7 application support for the Defense Health Services Systems Program Executive Office.
July 29, 2011
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MHMD, the physician network of Houston-based Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, is implementing a new patient-centered medical program that will rely on IT, including its HIE, to keep providers up-to-date on patients' conditions.
July 28, 2011
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Mac McMillan, CEO of Austin, Texas-based IT security firm CynergisTek and chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Policy Task Force, has some strong opinions about privacy protections in healthcare nowadays. The short version? Things could be a lot better.
July 28, 2011
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HealthSouth Corporation, a publicly traded company focused solely on inpatient rehabilitative care, plans to digitize care processes across the company's 97 inpatient rehabilitation facilities in 26 states. HealthSouth tapped Kansas City, Mo.-based Cerner to get the job done.
July 28, 2011
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State health insurance exchanges, to be built by 2014 under the Affordable Care Act, may prove to be good for vendors who provide consulting services on how to make customer service available on health plan websites, experts say.
July 28, 2011
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EMR and mobile medical app companies have little to fear concerning the guidelines put out by the FDA, according to healthcare market research firm Kalorama Information.
July 28, 2011
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The Medical Group Management Association is calling on the Department of Health and Human Services to withdraw its proposed HIPAA "accounting of disclosures" rule, due to the burden it would put on practices to provide such a report – and the possibility that it might deter them from implementing new technology.
July 26, 2011
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If you are a woman, between the ages of 25–44, non-Hispanic white, employed, college educated, have an income at or above 300 percent of the federal poverty level and have private health insurance, you are more likely to use the Internet to search for health information, according to a recent survey.
July 26, 2011
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The American Medical Association and 91 state and specialty medical societies have submitted formal comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services expressing concern over the proposed changes to the electronic prescribing penalty program.
July 26, 2011
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The Commonwealth Fund has announced an update to its website, WhyNotTheBest.org. The site, which compares hospitals for quality of care, will now include data on the incidence of central line-associated bloodstream infections and hospital quality data at the county level.
July 26, 2011
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Rumors about electronic medical records continue to persist, but one vendor is trying to separate the myths from the facts.
July 26, 2011
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The FDA's draft guidelines on the regulation of mobile medical apps are drawing comments from all corners of the industry – with many expecting a continuing and robust debate.
July 26, 2011
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