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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CMS will host a teleconference open door forum on Jan. 5 for physician-based and rural accountable care organizations (ACOs) that plan on participating in the Shared Savings Program.
December 29, 2011
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Investments in health IT systems and services by federal government agencies will increase from $4.5 billion in 2011 to $6.5 billion in 2016 at a compound annual growth rate of 7.5 percent, according to a new GovWin report from research firm Deltek.
December 29, 2011
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UPMC Bedford Memorial and UPMC Passavant hospitals join eight other UPMC facilities as being among the most advanced in the world for their use of comprehensive electronic medical records (EMRs), having achieved HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 criteria for EHR use.
December 28, 2011
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Hospitals are usually eager to embrace the latest medical technology, but the road to deploying tablet computers has been bumpy.
December 28, 2011
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The Department of Veterans Affairs intends to replace its legacy medical scheduling application for its VistA electronic health record system and wants industry feedback about requirements for functionality, system interface and risk reduction.
December 27, 2011
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The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) has pledged its support for the Office of the National Coordinator's (ONC) campaign to promote consumer awareness of health information technology.
December 23, 2011
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DiagnosisOne has announced an agreement with Allscripts to integrate its smartPath healthcare informatics platform with the Allscripts Professional EHR. Allscripts will offer DiagnosisOne's clinical decision support and HEDIS quality measurement capabilities to its Professional EHR clients.
December 23, 2011
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The New York eHealth Collaborative, a regional extension center, announced that it has reached its goal of enrolling 5,107 care providers into its program to help the transition to electronic medical records.
December 22, 2011
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In an effort to engage with returning veterans at the local level, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has set up Facebook pages for each of its medical centers nationwide.
December 22, 2011
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Federal spending on healthcare IT will reach $6.5 billion by 2016, according to a new survey from Deltek, Inc. That represents a compound annual growth rate of 7.5 percent -- outpacing forecasted growth of just 1.1 percent for overall federal non-health IT spending for the same period.
December 20, 2011
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The National Governors Association (NGA) announced Tuesday that Colorado, Minnesota, Oregon and Pennsylvania have been selected to participate in the NGA's new learning collaborative on integrating chronic disease prevention services.
December 20, 2011
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Patients are overwhelmingly interested in exploring the notes doctors write about them after an office visit, but doctors worry about the impact of such transparency on their patients and on their own workflow, a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) study suggests.
December 20, 2011
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