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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Change is coming to Stage 2 Meaningful Use, officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Monday, as a new rule aims to cut back on redundancies and solve a few headaches healthcare providers have expressed over the program.
April 13, 2015
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The revenue cycle of the future will put the patient first, a dramatic change of course that experts on the HIMSS Revenue Cycle Task Force say is desperately needed in healthcare.
April 13, 2015
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KPMG is moving to shore up its presence in the health IT space with its acquisition of Beacon Partners, the Weymouth, Mass.-based healthcare consultancy.
April 13, 2015
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New research also suggests that EHRs are evolving into patient engagement platforms.
April 13, 2015
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Geographic information systems can take EHR-related data to create visual analytics that help direct population health management.
April 12, 2015
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Greg Shorr, MD, has some issues with electronic health record user experience.
April 12, 2015
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The progress being made by deploying new technology will be lost unless healthcare payment models change.
April 12, 2015
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It's a tall task to pursue perfection in care quality measurement. Here's how one hospital system takes on the challenge.
April 12, 2015
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If you request a copy of your medical records, chances are it won't take long to find a mistake -- a mistake that could cost you big time down the road.
April 12, 2015
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Sunday's Nursing Informatics Symposium at HIMSS15 asked an age-old question about healthcare technology: What do providers, who interact and care for patients daily, do with technology designed to streamline and take some of the interaction out of healthcare?
April 12, 2015
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"I don't think I've been more excited that I have been in the last year about the possibility of solving the problems we're facing," said Sanaz Cordes, MD.
April 12, 2015
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Healthcare organizations that reached Stage 7 on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, or EMRAM, prior to 2014 will receive instructions about the Stage 7 revalidation process by year-end, HIMSS Analytics announced today at HIMSS15.
April 12, 2015
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I would like to highlight ten of this year's most notable developments in the world of health information technology and ONC.
January 10, 2012
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You can read about the shift happening. You can see the shift happening. You can sense the shift happening. In all of this, there is still an understanding that we have a long way to go in order to achieve a true connected health care system, yet we know the movement is happening.
December 29, 2011
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It is almost becoming the norm to say that it has been another tumultuous year in the healthcare IT market. If 2011, was a bit bumpy, believe we will see craters in the road to HIT enlightenment in 2012.
December 28, 2011
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2011 was a hard year filled with Meaningful Use (including many upgrades to certified systems or self-certification), 5010 (the deadline for upgrading billing systems is January 1, 2012), accelerating compliance demands, new security threats, rapidly evolving technologies, and unprecedented demand for new projects driven by the consumerization of IT.
December 27, 2011
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Productivity loss and workflow disruptions are commonplace as our industry gets on the Meaningful Use bandwagon and is starting to adopt EHR systems at a slightly more rapid pace than in previous years (things aren’t really as rosy as many think, but the pace is picking up).
December 22, 2011
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The December HIT Standards Committee included a discussion of the work ahead for the next year based on the priorities we've heard from stakeholders. We'll have 10 in person and 2 telephonic meetings in 2012.
December 20, 2011
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The amount of office based physicians using electronic health records (EHRs) is up 12% from 2010 according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.
December 19, 2011
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While healthcare organizations have been preoccupied with EHR meaningful use, ICD-10 and HIPAA 5010, a lesser-known set of regulations that could have a dramatic effect on research institutions, and which will also require technological solutions, was finalized this year.
December 9, 2011
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During the SIIM 2011 Annual Meeting earlier this year, radiology leaders were rallying the industry to engage with the incentive program being driven under the Meaningful Use banner.
November 30, 2011
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A recent report published by The Commonwealth Fund finds that electronic consultation between primary care physicians and specialists could improve healthcare quality and reduce specialty care costs. However, e-consultation will be limited unless physicians can earn incentives and be reimbursed for use of the technology.
November 29, 2011
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This past week I had the pleasure of traveling, along with MedTech Media Editorial Director Rich Pizzi, to Amelia Island, Fla. for the inaugural HIMSS Leaders & Innovators conference.
November 22, 2011
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We’ve all heard the classic song Small Town by John Mellencamp, which romanticizes growing up and living in some place other than the big city. I, too, am what most would consider “small town,” and many aspects of small town life haven’t changed a lot since I left. That small-town simplicity, however, also exists in the local health care facilities.
November 16, 2011
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