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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Despite ubiquitous information technology, patients and physicians still overwhelmingly rely on "tried-and-true" modes of communications, such as phone calls and in-person consults.
February 13, 2015
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The Advisory Board Company, a research, technology and consulting firm, has acquired Clinovations, an 80-employee, health IT company located just half a mile away.
February 12, 2015
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The speed at which healthcare IT moves isn't slowing any time soon. And the HIMSS15 conference in Chicago this April is keeping up the pace; it's on track to be the biggest ever.
February 11, 2015
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With the launch of Evergreen, billed as a new approach to EHR implementation and maintenance, consulting giant Deloitte claims it can help reduce EHR operating costs by as much as 30 percent.
February 11, 2015
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One of the nation's largest healthcare systems has officially named its new chief information officer, who will lead the IT arm of the 38-hospital health system.
February 11, 2015
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The patient engagement market is at a "standoff," according to a new Chilmark report. Providers are relying on vendors to lead the way with new tools, but those companies "have been reactive, not proactive" in helping them meet their needs.
February 11, 2015
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For physicians in small practices, it turns out the cost of moving from ICD-9 to ICD-10 is much less than anticipated, according to a new study released today by the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management.
February 10, 2015
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For the sake of connected care, it's time to stop thinking about interoperability as "an EHR feature" and start understanding it at the informatics level.
February 10, 2015
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The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, which has already achieved Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics scale, will pick up its 2014 enterprise Davies Award at HIMSS15 this April. How did they do it? We ask their leaders.
February 10, 2015
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With an updated care management suite and a so-called "open platform," NextGen takes aim at software flexibility and usability.
February 10, 2015
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A Wisconsin private practice will unveil an electronic health records system at HIMSS15 complete with advanced clinical documentation and charge capture.
February 10, 2015
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Developers who translate clinical voices into health records are expecting big breakthroughs this spring in natural language processing.
February 8, 2015
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With Breast Cancer Awareness Month right around the corner, we'll soon begin to see a proliferation of pink awareness ribbons, public service announcements, and fundraisers – be they three-day treks or three-hour silent auctions.
September 27, 2011
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Talking to doctors about an EMR makes them run the other way or just simply tune out the speaker even with all of the government incentives and impending penalties by Medicare and Medicaid.
September 26, 2011
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The problem that EHRs run into is that in order to measure quality, you need to know about certain condition specific data. Yet this data is often very hard to codify in an EHR.
September 21, 2011
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Anthelio, a healthcare IT services firm, announced on Sept. 14 the availability of IT-ology, a help desk designed to provide physicians with an on-demand peer resource to support the rollout and effective use of EHRs.
September 16, 2011
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Today I'm in Vermont, meeting with the stakeholders of Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL), the federally designated Regional Extension Center and Health Information Exchange for Vermont.
September 7, 2011
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Though it was longer ago than I care to admit, I can remember checking out every copy of the Choose Your Own Adventure series my local library had to offer. Imagine my surprise when I found a similar concept had been applied to the curriculum at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Medicine.
September 2, 2011
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Healthcare is one of the last industries in the United States to universally incorporate technological advancements.
September 1, 2011
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Which aspects of electronic medical records should have been outlined in our list of the five "worst EMR myths"? The social media community speaks.
August 30, 2011
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When Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the national coordinator for health information technology, addresses more than 4,700 healthcare professionals at the Allscripts Client Experience in Nashville on Monday morning, Aug. 29, he’s likely to discuss one of the most exciting developments in healthcare today – and perhaps surprisingly, it won’t be the meaningful use of electronic health records.
August 28, 2011
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Social media in healthcare is evolving and finding its way into operational and clinical tools and this has been where much of my focus has been lately.
August 24, 2011
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Those of you keeping a close eye on the ONC and its activities might have noticed the advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) that was published on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, requesting public input on a set of proposed metadata standards recommended to ONC by the HIT Standards Committee.
August 18, 2011
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I'm often asked why healthcare has been slow to automate its processes compared to other industries such as the airlines, shipping/logistics, or the financial services industry.
August 10, 2011
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