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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HIMSS Analytics has awarded Cleveland Clinic Health System with its Stage 7 Ambulatory Award, lauding the health system's outpatient settings for using patient-generated data to improve outcomes, and for lowering costs by avoiding unnecessary tests.
December 16, 2014
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will deploy IBM's Watson technology as it builds its clinical reasoning system to help physicians make evidence-based primary care decisions. The Veterans Health Administration will also be using Watson to help treat returning service members with post-traumatic stress disorder.
December 16, 2014
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In a recent interview with mHealth News, Naomi Fried, formerly chief innovation officer at Boston Children's Hospital, discusses how to get the most from data.
December 16, 2014
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As Time magazine named those fighting the Ebola epidemic its collective "Person Of The Year," a morning keynote and panel discussion last week at the mHealth Summit sought to shine the spotlight on another Ebola fighter -- technology.
December 15, 2014
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The nation’s largest electronic medical record vendor has an image problem. Verona, Wis.-based Epic has come under fire this year over its lack of interoperability, spurring the company, once well known for its mum relationship with the press, to speak up.
December 12, 2014
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The mood was hopeful as 2014 dawned. "This is the year," said Robert Tagalicod, director of the Office of E-Health Standards and Services at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, speaking in February at HIMSS14 in Orlando as the industry prepared for the kick-off of Stage 2 meaningful use attestations.
December 12, 2014
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As the deadly Ebola virus made landfall in the U.S. for the first time in 2014, it raised a host of questions about electronic health records, provider workflow and the readiness of the country’s IT infrastructure to deal with a potential outbreak.
December 12, 2014
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In the past decade, several studies have come out suggesting that CPOE can introduce and even magnify errors without proper safeguards, particularly against physicians suffering from "alert fatigue" turning off notifications.
December 12, 2014
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Healthcare organizations with long-established electronic health records run the risk of "note bloat" and compromised patient safety unless they standardize physician documentation procedures and limit the amount of cutting-and-pasting doctors have to do.
December 12, 2014
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Each month in this space, we speak to HIMSS Analytics Executive Vice President Hoyt and HIMSS Analytics Senior Director of Research Jennifer Horowitz to get their perspective on provider uptake of health IT. From basic EHRs to advanced clinical and business analytics, the industry has made huge strides in the past five years or so, and this most recent year was as eventful as any.
December 12, 2014
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The risk of experiencing a data breach "is higher than ever," according to Experian's second annual industry forecast, which shows how the "consistently high value of healthcare data on the black market" means there will be little respite for an industry already beleaguered by cyber threats.
December 12, 2014
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Having established a level of trust and familiarity with electronic health records over the past few years, increasing numbers of U.S. patients are looking for more advanced features, such as access to doctors' notes and test results, according to a new survey from the National Partnership for Women & Families.
December 11, 2014
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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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My oldest daughter started kindergarten this week – her only negative comment was that “there are so many rules!” How many times has that sentence been uttered, or at least thought, by providers, vendors, consultants and even patients, when it comes to healthcare these days?
August 9, 2011
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There’s been a lot of talk lately about the future of health information exchange (HIE)—what it will mean 10, 15 or even 20 years down the road. There is no question that providers recognize the importance of HIE, and realize in combination with EHRs that it will transform the practice of medicine.
August 4, 2011
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One of the most mis-understood Meaningful Use core measures for EPs is the objective to: “Provide clinical summaries for patients for each office visit."
July 22, 2011
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Amid the move by physicians and hospitals to adopt EHRs, patients remain concerned about the security of their personal health information. That’s the high-level finding of an online survey conducted in early May among more than 2,700 U.S. adults by Harris Interactive on behalf of Xerox Corporation.
July 20, 2011
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I spent some time recently on a call regarding yet another government agency's interest in interoperability in Healthcare IT. It seems, with the advent of meaningful use, interconnected healthcare IT applications and devices, that Interoperability has become the new religion.
July 14, 2011
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Personal health information and the lack of security surrounding it has caused quite a bit of buzz lately.
July 13, 2011
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How comprehensive can the information in an EHR be before patients grow concerned for their privacy? Do doctors using EHRs run the risk of missing the meat on the bones -- the details?
July 8, 2011
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While searching for information on recently certified EHRs, I landed on the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC)'s Certified Health IT Product List page. To my surprise, I found that the site lists 570 certified products in the ambulatory category and 294 in the inpatient category. The lists include both modular and complete EHR products.
July 7, 2011
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There is no one, and I do mean no one, in your medical practice who does not need to know the basics of coding.
July 7, 2011
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In the afterglow of Google Health's collapse, I asked our social media followers for their reactions. While some mourned its loss, most don't seem to care. What does that say about the viability of PHRs?
June 29, 2011
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