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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Frustration with electronic health records has never been higher among RNs, with vast majorities complaining of poor workflows, bad communication and scant input on implementation decisions, a new survey shows.
October 20, 2014
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The folks at Penn Medicine know a little something about putting data analytics to work. After identifying three years ago that their sepsis mortality rates were higher than expected, they set out to do something about it by harnessing predictive analytics. And the results? They're impressive.
October 20, 2014
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One of the takeaways of a recent survey conducted by Software Advice indicates that mHealth users are better at using electronic health records -- and getting more out of them -- than doctors who use PCs.
October 20, 2014
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In a congressional hearing Thursday, a Texas Health Resources executive joined other clinical stakeholders in the U.S. Ebola crisis to shed light on the myriad oversights that materialized when the Ebola virus arrived on American soil.
October 17, 2014
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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, which represents more than 1,400 CIOs, and Health Level Seven International are working together to promote a standardized approach for exchanging healthcareinformation and to highlight the importance of developing and adopting standards to achieve interoperability.
October 17, 2014
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Charles Jaffe, MD, CEO of standards organization HL7, came away from the joint meeting of the federal Health IT Policy and Health IT Standards committees earlier this week, thinking that the industry could move faster on interoperability. And HL7 has just the thing to change the game.
October 17, 2014
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ONC's work to drive interoperability is under perhaps more intense scrutiny than ever. Yet, a sense emerged on Wednesday morning during a meeting of the joint HIT Policy and Standards Committees that, while much work remains, the notion that there is no interoperability in America is wrong.
October 15, 2014
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A coalition of healthcare associations today called on HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to revamp the meaningful use program. "Without changes to the MU program and a new emphasis for interoperable EHRs/EMRs systems and HIT infrastructure, we believe that the opportunity to leverage these technologies will not be realized," the organizations wrote.
October 15, 2014
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Here's the good news: Seventy-seven percent of free-standing physician practices have an ambulatory electronic medical record system installed, and a robust 90 percent of hospital-owned providers are up and running with EMRs. But there's not-so-good news, too.
October 14, 2014
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Once the outbreak in West Africa happened and spread to other countries in that region, was it inevitable that Ebola would reach the U.S.? And should hospitals across the nation have been preparing?
October 14, 2014
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Providers have begun to make targeted use of leading-edge technologies to optimize their electronic medical records, but the vast majority don't yet have the IT capacity to make full use of advancements such as big data and the cloud.
October 13, 2014
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Stage 2 of meaningful use is supposed to be about interoperability of data, with electronic records flowing securely between sites as needed to help hospitals and doctors provide better care. But the number of attestations to Stage 2 has been anemic, and there is plenty of anecdotal evidence suggesting true interoperability is a long way off.
October 13, 2014
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I spent some time recently on a call regarding yet another government agency's interest in interoperability in Healthcare IT. It seems, with the advent of meaningful use, interconnected healthcare IT applications and devices, that Interoperability has become the new religion.
July 14, 2011
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Personal health information and the lack of security surrounding it has caused quite a bit of buzz lately.
July 13, 2011
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How comprehensive can the information in an EHR be before patients grow concerned for their privacy? Do doctors using EHRs run the risk of missing the meat on the bones -- the details?
July 8, 2011
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While searching for information on recently certified EHRs, I landed on the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC)'s Certified Health IT Product List page. To my surprise, I found that the site lists 570 certified products in the ambulatory category and 294 in the inpatient category. The lists include both modular and complete EHR products.
July 7, 2011
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There is no one, and I do mean no one, in your medical practice who does not need to know the basics of coding.
July 7, 2011
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In the afterglow of Google Health's collapse, I asked our social media followers for their reactions. While some mourned its loss, most don't seem to care. What does that say about the viability of PHRs?
June 29, 2011
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Few are surprised by this NY Times headline – Google to End Health Records Service After It Fails to Attract Users. Rumors and expectations of this announcement have been in the market for several months now. Reality has struck. Google Health evaporates.
June 28, 2011
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The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, which publishes a weekly e-newsletter devoted to health reform activity, issued a reminder that July 3, 2011, is the last day that eligible hospitals can begin their 90-day reporting period to demonstrate meaningful use under the 2011 Medicare EHR Incentive Program administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
June 27, 2011
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Being in healthcare IT, and inspired all the time by the optimism and the opportunities technology has provided us, I thought that collecting my personal health information would be a fairly simple and straightforward task. Instead, the wide range of service I was provided when simply trying to collect my medical records was quite an eye opening experience.
June 23, 2011
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced it has paid out more than $75 million for the meaningful use of electronic health records under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Is this really spurring adoption?
June 22, 2011
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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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