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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It seems everything that could go wrong with an EHR rollout did at the Ventura County Health Care Agency, a county-run healthcare system in Thousand Oaks, Calif. A grand jury investigation found the county neglected to plan, hire and adequately train for the transition.
June 5, 2014
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No matter what your job, there are certain phrases -- whether said by bosses, colleagues or clients -- that are just plain unwelcome: words that foretell frustration and added workload at best, panic and red-alert crisis response at worst. For hospital chief information officers, there's no shortage of these ominous sentences.
June 3, 2014
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Even as healthcare providers across the country are struggling to make their new, expensive technology work, a new survey shows providers are more frustrated with their purchases than ever.
June 2, 2014
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Tech titans like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple already have made huge investments in artificial intelligence to deliver tailored search results and build virtual personal assistants. That approach is starting to trickle down into healthcare too.
June 2, 2014
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A system-wide EHR rollout is no walk in the park. With poor management and implementation plans, it can sap worker morale and deter long-term success. This appears to be what has transpired this week at the Athens Regional Health System in Georgia after staff unanimously voted "no confidence" for the system's CEO, who has effectively announced his resignation.
May 30, 2014
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A strategy most often applied to industries such as manufacturing and aviation might unlock the potential for better care at lower cost, according to a new report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
May 30, 2014
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Identity management and unauthorized data access by employees present the biggest threat to security and privacy of patient data, according to healthcare providers across the country.
May 30, 2014
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More than 30 billion dollars have been spent. And while it is reasonable that many HIT outcomes are still unfulfilled, the path forward seems murky. EHR adoption has surged, but much of what has been broken about health IT in the United States still remains, writes John Loonsk, MD. That's why he's urging a hard reboot.
May 29, 2014
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Smaller electronic medical record companies are giving bigger firms a run for their money as the market continues to grow, according to a recent report from Kalorama Information.
May 28, 2014
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National Nurses United, which bills itself as the largest organization of nurses in the country, is in the midst of a campaign to spotlight the potential risks of patient harm spurred by what the group calls, "an unchecked proliferation of unproven medical technology and sharp erosion of care standards."
May 27, 2014
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Despite hospitals and physicians being given a more flexible time frame for participating in the next phase of meaningful use, the backlash against the federal EHR Incentive Program and EHRs in general continues.
May 27, 2014
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Over the past few decades the physical diagnosis skills that were once the cornerstone of doctoring have withered, supplanted by a dizzying array of sophisticated, expensive tests, according to medical educators.
May 23, 2014
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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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A recent publication in the Annals of Internal Medicine has gotten quite a bit of attention in Health IT related media.
May 24, 2011
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I recently attended a conference at which Stephen Dubner, co-author of the best-selling books Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics, gave a keynote. Though he was speaking to a room full of email marketers, his story was peppered with anecdotes from the world of healthcare.
May 23, 2011
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One third of U.S. hospitals preparing to undertake construction projects already on the drawing board admit ignorance and uncertainty according to a 2011 ASHE survey.
May 20, 2011
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As my interest in electronic medical records, especially in the pediatric realm, has grown alongside the weight and height of my young children, I did a little digging to see just how large the pediatric-specific EMR market has become.
May 17, 2011
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The recent post on Google Health going into the deep freeze has solicited a number of emails, including some from the press.
May 17, 2011
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I was pleasantly surprised a few weeks ago when I walked into the office of my daughter’s pediatrician and saw a computer monitor and keyboard ready to be unwrapped and plugged in – presumably to an electronic medical record.
May 9, 2011
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HIT advocates often lament what they perceive as the glacial pace of EHR adoption across the healthcare sector. While this perception may or may not be accurate, one HIT area that's apparently going gangbusters is the market for mobile apps.
April 27, 2011
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The iPad is a hit with consumers. It's also a hit with physicians, and that may prove to be a boon for the adoption of EHRs.
April 21, 2011
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