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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In testimony before ONC's Health IT Policy Committee on Aug. 15, Epic President Carl Dvorak made his case that the EHR giant is far more engaged with data sharing than some critics would contend.
August 18, 2014
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More than $26 billion has been invested, mostly in incentive payments to hospitals and eligible professionals who meaningfully use electronic health records. Yet just a small percentage of healthcare systems are electronically sharing data.
August 15, 2014
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The message that Allscripts Healthcare Solutions CEO and President Paul Black wants to share is simple. "We are back. We are doing well," Black said Wednesday in opening the annual Allscripts Client Experience -- ACE -- users' conference at the McCormick Place convention center.
August 14, 2014
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The HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association told U.S. senators that, in general, a patient's healthcare data should follow the patient, and it also called for a nationwide patient data matching strategy.
August 13, 2014
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With a nod to Apple and its famous 1997 TV spot, which highlighted doers and dreamers who colored outside the lines, we profile some of the 'crazy ones' who are helping transform health IT in new and unique ways.
August 12, 2014
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As the dust settles from the mammoth $1.3 billion merger, Siemens Health Services CEO John Glaser tells Healthcare IT News what led up to the Cerner deal, how his experience as a health system CIO could help smooth integration challenges and what to expect over the months and years to come.
August 11, 2014
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule this week updating Medicare payment policies and rates for patient stays at acute care and long-term care hospitals. As part of its efforts to improve patient care, the rule made several changes to quality reporting programs that rely on electronic health records.
August 8, 2014
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Allscripts announced its second quarter financial results on Thursday, and bookings were strong: $234 million, up 9 percent compared with Q2 2013.
August 8, 2014
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Thousands of eligible providers are working diligently toward EHR incentive payments, but some practices are choosing a different route: abandoning meaningful use altogether in favor of their own solutions, and finding ways to make up for the penalties they'll incur down the road.
August 8, 2014
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As the Stage 2 meaningful use numbers continue to trickle in -- with only a handful of hospitals attesting thus far -- U.S. hospitals could be in for some serious Medicare penalties this year, new research points out.
August 7, 2014
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported a new batch of meaningful use attestation numbers on Wednesday, showing a modest improvement over the disappointing rates that were reported in July.
August 7, 2014
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M*Modal, which develops voice recognition and clinical documentation technology, has completed its financial restructuring and has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
August 6, 2014
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Topic 3 on the June 20 #HITsm Tweetchat got into discussions of who owns patient data. The moral high ground today seems to be towards "patient ownership." Reality is just a bit different, and I think the discussion of ownership is not all that useful.
June 22, 2011
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When the clock struck midnight on April 18, 2011, Jennifer Brull, MD, was ready. ONC talked to her about what the transition to EHRs has meant to her, her practice, and her patients.
June 21, 2011
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My musings in a recent blog about my pie-in-the sky dream of an effective pediatric personal health record (PHR) for parents were turned on their head recently when I came across news about a California-based company creating just such a product.
June 20, 2011
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I’ve been interested in the growing population of folks who self-track objective data for health purposes. The phenomenon is referred to either as personal informatics or the Quantified Self. Both concepts have a following and both are intimately tied into the value of connected health.
June 14, 2011
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The HITECH initiative and the promise of effectively coordinated care are fundamentally based on the adoption of standards as an integral part of the larger adoption of healthcare information technology.
June 7, 2011
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If you’re reading this blog, you most likely saw the pop-up/interstitial Intel ad that asks “Is Cloud Computing Right for You?” Steve Jobs apparently thinks so.
June 7, 2011
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Much has been written about preparing for meaningful use, such as implementing a certified electronic health record. Then what?
June 6, 2011
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The need for interoperability is readily apparent in the healthcare industry. But what does interoperability mean with regards to richness of data? The CDA document is defined with three different levels of interoperability.
June 3, 2011
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I’ve never given much thought to the similarities between the National Hockey League and the painful process I’ve heard referred to in the healthcare IT world as “rip and replace.”
June 3, 2011
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HIPAA regulations long on the books require that covered entities provide patients with accounting of disclosures of their protected health information for any purpose other than treatment, payment or health care operations (TPO). The HITECH Act upped the ante, requiring accounting of disclosures of PHI for TPO as well.
June 2, 2011
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My trip to Scotland provided a remarkable opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences.
June 1, 2011
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There seems to have been a wave recently of articles, blogs and general sentiment by providers that – surprise, surprise – jumping through the hoops of Meaningful Use may be more trouble than it’s worth.
May 27, 2011
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