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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The Turkish Ministry of Health and HIMSS Europe have embarked on a five-year collaboration aimed at driving increased digitization of health records in hospitals across Turkey.
November 15, 2013
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Nearly 60 percent of ambulatory providers surveyed for a new IDC Health Insights report say they're unsatisfied with their electronic health records, citing frustrations with usability and workflow.
November 14, 2013
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It seems that the apparent failure of current EHRs to accommodate patients as unique cases has sparked a shift in attitude in the health IT industry. Some insiders say the issue may not be so much the failure of EHRs, as their falling short of unduly high expectations from users and the vendors themselves.
November 14, 2013
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As patient engagement gains momentum, and technology enables easier access to personal health information, many providers still charge money for copies of records. That's allowed under HIPAA and HITECH. But is it wise?
November 13, 2013
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HIMSS Analytics has been doling out more and more recognition to hospitals and ambulatory clinics over the past weeks and months, a trend that suggests fully mature health IT environments are becoming commonplace nationwide.
November 12, 2013
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Patient-centered medical home models being tested in the Military Health System could offer lessons in team-based care for civilian providers, who are similarly challenged by an aging population with complex chronic conditions, according to researchers writing in Health Affairs.
November 12, 2013
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Anticipation about the IHE North American Connectathon's move to Cleveland in 2015 is running high among the event's organizers, though they insist that they are not looking past their final year in Chicago Jan. 27-31, 2014.
November 11, 2013
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Continua Health Alliance will co-locate its upcoming U.S. Plugfest at IHE North America Connectathon 2014, Jan. 28-29, in Chicago. It's billed as the largest interoperability testing event for health IT in the country -- attracting 100 vendors and more than 600 engineers to test more than 160 systems.
November 11, 2013
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Another day, another breach. This time it's California-based DaVita HealthCare Partners that recently reported an unencrypted laptop containing patient protected health information was stolen from an employee's vehicle.
November 11, 2013
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More than half of U.S. hospitals are currently connected to a regional, state or private health information exchange, with a majority of them citing this as their biggest challenge yet.
November 11, 2013
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In March, six vendors announced an unprecedented collaboration aimed at moving the needle on interoperability.
November 10, 2013
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Healthcare IT News reported in March that athenahealth planned to expand in Atlanta. That was according to local news reports. It was not until June, though, that athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush confirmed it.
November 10, 2013
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I'm often asked how healthcare reform will impact IT planning and implementation over the next few years.
December 9, 2010
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Healthcare providers can never get enough advice about how to implement EHRs. Maine's regional extension center held a forum for healthcare providers last week and one physician, who has been practicing in a paperless environment for the last five years, gave excellent guidance. Take heed.
November 15, 2010
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Meaningful use is providing incentive for hospitals to step up and digitize health information. It's an admirable step forward for the healthcare industry.
November 10, 2010
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As readers of my blog know, I'm passionate about mobile technology. I believe that iPhone/Android smartphones, iPod Touch, and the iPad, Playbook, Galaxy, and Streak will become the platforms for healthcare.
November 5, 2010
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Providers and policymakers working hard to transition the healthcare sector to EHRs might not want to think about this, but at least one longtime observer of HIT is suggesting that EHRs have already had their day and it’s time to move on to something new.
November 2, 2010
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With cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death in the United States, cardiovascular specialists have long used clinical quality guidelines to optimize care and enhance the quality of life for patients.
October 26, 2010
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Last week, I met with Patientsafe Solutions, a San Diego-based startup founded by serial entrepreneur James Sweeney. Their idea is simple - leverage the iPod Touch 4G form factor and the iOS 4 SDK to create an all in one mobile device for healthcare.
October 22, 2010
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After reading an article on the five key features of tomorrow's EHR, I wondered how the current EHR products are going to transition to meet the demands of healthcare providers and patients.
October 19, 2010
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Two landmark reports by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) changed Americans’ perception of their health care system and launched today’s drive to improve the quality and safety of medical care in America. The reports were To Err Is Human, published in 1999, and Crossing the Quality Chasm, released in 2001.
October 12, 2010
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October 4th was the first day of the National REC and HIE Summit West. I attended the preconference symposium on "Meaningful Use - What It Is and How To Qualify." What impressed me about this symposium was the sincerity and passion of the speakers, who are early adopters of EHRs and true physician champions.
October 5, 2010
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As healthcare organizations work to meet meaningful use criteria, concerns continue to grow about the necessary capital investment in technology and the impact of electronic health records.
September 28, 2010
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KLAS' latest report revealed many interesting things about the EMR market, specifically in the area of acute-care EMRs for large hospitals with 200-plus beds. It's a snapshot of a market in transition, thanks to the ARRA funding.
September 27, 2010
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