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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Health information technology systems have made their way to the No. 1 patient safety concern for healthcare organizations, according to the findings of a new ECRI industry report.
April 23, 2014
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If you think your hospital IT department is one of the best in the U.S., nominate it for Healthcare IT News' 4th annual Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments program. Nominations opened April 23, and close May 23.
April 23, 2014
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UMass Memorial Health Care is partnering with Minneapolis-based Luminat, which develops care planning tools, to create a platform that will integrate patients' end-of-life directives into their electronic health records.
April 22, 2014
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Cloud-based EHR company athenahealth will resign from the EHR Association. Its executives say it does not belong there, since it is neither an EHR company nor a software vendor.
April 22, 2014
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With its acquisition this past week of Atlanta-based Accelarad, Nuance Communications has launched its PowerShare Network, a cloud-based platform to enable the sharing of medical images and reports.
April 21, 2014
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Healthcare organizations nationwide have spent billions of dollars to implement health information technology, most with the expectation it will improve quality and safety, and lower costs.
April 18, 2014
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When it comes to nurses, a couple things go without saying. First, they’re absolutely essential to good care delivery. Second – and this follows from the first – they’re “very, very, very busy people," said David Holland.
April 18, 2014
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Two research firms in the healthcare IT space have produced press releases in the last fortnight predicting the next “great wave” in EHR purchases among U.S. hospitals.
April 18, 2014
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Remember the old adage, “Knowledge is power? In healthcare, it’s never been more manifest than in these times when hospitals and health systems are increasingly turning to data for answers to many big questions.
April 18, 2014
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If the growth of both the CAHIMS and CPHIMS programs in the U.S. and across the globe is any indication, health IT professionals are increasingly understanding the importance – and necessity – of certification in today’s complicated standards environment.
April 18, 2014
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Stephen Gold, IBM's vice president of Watson Solutions, sat down with Healthcare IT News to take stock of where Watson has been - and look ahead to new capabilities perhaps not yet dreamed of.
April 18, 2014
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Sure, the EHR Incentive Program, with its $22 billion plus paid out thus far to meaningful users, might have helped bring the healthcare sector out of the Dark Ages and into the 21st Century, technologically speaking, but do these systems really improve the quality of patient care? A new study out says: for the most part, no.
April 16, 2014
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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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This morning at 8am the CMS attestation website went live. At 8:30am, I completed the attestation for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Here's an overview of the experience.
April 18, 2011
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Farzad Mostashari, the newly-appointed and fourth leader of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is going to face some stiff challenges his predescessor David Blumenthal did not have to face.
April 15, 2011
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If you build or create something, wouldn't you take into account ease of use? It is unfathomable then that most EHR vendors do not systematically conduct EHR usability testing, according to Jiajie Zhang, who is overseeing a federal research project on the science of EHR usability in the SHARP program.
April 7, 2011
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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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