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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After a long tenure as "Best in KLAS Overall Software Vendor," Epic Systems has been beaten by athenahealth for the top spot in this year's award ranking, which is tallied based on feedback from thousands of providers.
January 31, 2014
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Hard numbers for return on investment in health IT aren't always measurable, at least in a direct way. Instead, healthcare organizations need to look at both "hard" and "soft" savings when considering a system's ROI.
January 31, 2014
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The Office of the National Coordinator had a place at the table for the 15th annual IHE North American Connectathon, filled by Doug Fridsma, MD, chief science officer and director of the ONC's Office of Science and Technology and four members of his team.
January 31, 2014
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As the electronic health record becomes "just another app," more and more providers are setting their sights on an array of complex future needs. An IDC Health Insights report sees big changes coming for care delivery in 2014 and beyond.
January 30, 2014
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The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a former accountant at healthcare IT company Allscripts with insider trading, trades he's alleged to have conducted through his wife's account. The SEC alleges the violations occurred in April 2012 -- a time when the company was disarray.
January 30, 2014
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The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology will stop offering ONC testing and certification services. Instead, CCHIT will work toward increased IT interoperability by counseling providers and developers on certified EHR requirements, the group announced Jan. 29.
January 29, 2014
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Six-year-old Health Catalyst has not only landed $41 million in a third round of funding, but also has lured two of the big-name health systems in the country to implement its data warehousing and analytics technology.
January 28, 2014
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An IT network failure at a Florida health system put the organization's $80 million Epic electronic medical record system down for the count this past week. The outage, officials reported, lasted nearly two days.
January 28, 2014
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Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and The Commonwealth Fund have concluded that electronic health record systems and other digital tools are likely to curb the demand for physicians in the future.
January 27, 2014
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With help from a $5.3 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will explore ways to put IT and patient engagement to work eliminating preventable harm in the ICU.
January 27, 2014
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The National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission have announced the 2013 recipients of the annual John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards.
January 23, 2014
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The Illinois Health Information Exchange has connected five community health centers to the statewide exchange. The providers are paving the way as active users of health information technology to improve care coordination for patients in underserved communities, Raul Recarey, ILHIE executive director said in making the announcement.
January 23, 2014
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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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What with meaningful use, EHRs, HIPAA 5010, and countless other healthcare projects, ICD-10 is on the backburner at many organizations. Yet, the deadline is approaching, achieving compliance is more complex than it may appear and the time is here to move ICD-10 up that priority list.
February 9, 2011
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As the availability of technical consumer healthcare applications continue to grow and with increasing complexity, members can realize the health benefits of technology.
February 3, 2011
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As we move into 2011, we will continue to see an extreme amount of activity and turmoil in the HIT market with the biggest elephant in the room being what will actually happen to the healthcare reform bill that was passed at the beginning of 2010.
February 3, 2011
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Patient-centered medical homes have become all the rage in the healthcare industry these days. The big push is coming from payers who want to cut costs and provider organizations who want primary care physicians to have a bigger say in the care of their patients. No matter who is driving the financial and clinical model, the train isn't leaving the station, so to speak, without health IT to power it.
February 3, 2011
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In September 2010, Vivek Kundra, the Federal Chief Information Officer, and I issued guidance articulating five key health IT policy and technology principles for Federal health IT projects.
January 11, 2011
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On the surface, proving “meaningful use” (MU) of an electronic health record (EHR), at least the bare minimum required to receive federal funding in 2011, doesn’t appear to be overly complicated. Upon closer inspection, however, certain details outlined in requirements may not be as easy to comply with as previously thought.
January 10, 2011
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To see the first products from the new GE-Intel collaborative at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show, you need to descend into the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, find the GE booth, and crane your neck around the corner from the home-scaled wind turbine.
January 6, 2011
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I've written previously about Healthcare Information Exchange Sustainability and the need for Healthcare Information Services Providers (HISPs) to serve as gateways connecting individual EHRs. How should HISPs be funded and how can we encourage HISP vendors to connect every little guy in the country?
January 5, 2011
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