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 largest retail clinic in the country will roll out the most popular commercial EMR system throughout all its clinics. MinuteClinic, a division of CVS Caremark will switch to the Epic electronic medical record system called EpicCare.
March 10, 2014
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The electronic medical record market is poised for a competitive shakeup. As Stage 2 meaningful use demands more from hospitals, many current EMR platforms just aren't cutting it. As many as half of large hospitals are ditching their old systems for new, more interoperable platforms.
March 10, 2014
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Stage 2 of the federal Electronic Health Records Incentive Program is underway for providers who first reached Stage 1 in 2011. Although there will not be any official statistics available for several months, anecdotal evidence suggests that this new phase is off to a slow start.
March 10, 2014
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There's been a whole lot of capital invested in health information technology these past few years. And some people -- especially those who are in charge of spending more of it -- want to know whether it's money well spent.
March 7, 2014
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The GAO recently took a swipe at the government's Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program, saying it lacked strategy and called for action to establish a strategy in order to achieve its goals, especially those aimed at improving care.
March 7, 2014
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The state boasting one of the highest electronic health record adoption rates in the nation has officially launched its statewide HIE.
March 6, 2014
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With more than 50 percent of practices and 80 percent of hospitals having adopted electronic health records and attested for meaningful use by now, it's time to talk about next steps.
March 6, 2014
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The Army is planning to upgrade its electronic medical record system to ensure soldiers wounded on the battlefield will have detailed permanent accounts of the scenario and treatment received.
March 6, 2014
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In a year where "compliance and enforcement is really where the action is going to be," it might help to have some advice on how to keep on the right side of patient privacy law.
March 5, 2014
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Ohio State University's 263 clinics have achieved Stage 7 of HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, which represents the top level of EMR use.
March 5, 2014
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In his $3.9 trillion fiscal year 2015 budget proposal released Tuesday, President Obama asked for $1.8 billion to support health information technology incentive payments -- the same amount he requested last year. Actual spending for this category came to $1.07 billion in 2013.
March 5, 2014
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With two hospitals, 800 physicians and more vendors than you can count on two hands and two feet, Hartford, Conn.-based St. Francis Care has a tall order when it comes to data sharing and care coordination.
March 4, 2014
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There is a rumor out there that Google is planning on dropping Google Health, its personal health record platform. I’m going to go out on a limb here, and say it is highly unlikely the rumor is true, in my honest opinion (IMHO).
April 1, 2011
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In my recent Top 10 EHR Barriers blog, I identified usability of EHR software as a key issue. It appears that NIST, with ARRA funding and ONC guidance is doing something about it.
February 10, 2010
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Much of the conversation and debate about physician EHR adoption has centered on the single issue of the (high) cost of purchase. However, we'd like to suggest that the situation is much more complex and involves several more subtle variables.
October 30, 2009
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Much of the conversation and debate about physician EHR adoption has centered on the single issue of the (high) cost of purchase. However, we'd like to suggest that the situation is much more complex and involves several more subtle variables.
October 30, 2009
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When I lecture about the new generation of personal health records such as Google Health and Microsoft Healthvault, I emphasize that these applications are not covered by HIPAA.
January 4, 2009
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Billions in stimulus dollars have many physicians now eyeing electronic medical record software for their practices. Hospitals are installing EMRs (for providers?) too. Unfortunately for many who practice care, EMRs are still a pretty bitter pill to swallow.
March 30, 2011
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Providing strategic leadership to public and private sector efforts to improve health and health care through the use of information and technology is a key responsibility of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
March 28, 2011
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From Chilmark Research’s perspective, patient portals are by and large much ado about nothing.
March 21, 2011
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Health Affairs published results of an analysis of 154 recent studies on the implementation of health IT. The conclusion: 92 percent of the studies found health IT to be beneficial to patient care. Researchers at ONC, which conducted the peer review and included outgoing national coordinator David Blumenthal, MD, also found areas that need attention.
March 15, 2011
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Last week Microsoft announced it is entering into a partnership with Athena to make their systems more compatible. What does this mean for ambulatory care EHR adopters?
March 8, 2011
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If you follow the goings-on in healthcare IT at all, you're probably familiar with an Aspen-based EHR vendor called Extormity.
February 17, 2011
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Egypt's crisis has raised alarms about national security and economic impact for Americans if regime change leads to an anti-US government controlling a strong ally in the Middle East. This crisis raises another more personal concern for Americans that has been overlooked by the national media: The security and availability of your electronic medical records in the event of a government-imposed "kill switch" for the Internet.
February 15, 2011
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