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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A major healthcare investment firm says the insurance industry will have to abandon its 50-year-old business plan and embrace mHealth, among other changes, to survive.
October 6, 2014
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Was the Ebola patient's history tracked and delivered to physicians?
October 3, 2014
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Hill Physicians Medical Group, Dignity Health Medical Foundation and Dignity Health hospitals have launched an accountable care initiative, introducing the Aetna Whole Health product, designed for businesses with employees who live in California's Sacramento, San Joaquin, and Yolo Counties.
October 3, 2014
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An overarching theme from a vendor's first analytics conference is similar to something that EHR vendors have been saying for years: workflow and organizational culture are at least as important as the technology itself when it comes to healing healthcare through IT.
September 30, 2014
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ONC chief Karen DeSalvo, MD, promised an audience of AHIMA members that the government would act "fast into interoperability." She drew applause when she added, "We cannot wait for 10 years to get this done."
September 30, 2014
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The Health Information Trust Alliance has put out a word of warning about Shellshock, a system vulnerability it says could wreak much more damage than the infamous Heartbleed bug.
September 29, 2014
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Neglected to pick up your prescription? Now, there's a good chance your doctor will know and do something about it, thanks to a slew of new partnerships between CVS Health and various health systems.
September 26, 2014
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Thirteen of the nation's major healthcare systems are one step closer to interoperability, after they are now able to electronically share health records with disparate EHRs upon signing on to the country's largest health information network.
September 25, 2014
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Most accountable care organizations have health information technology in place to improve quality and lower costs, but many say difficulties with data exchange are keeping them from reaching their potential.
September 25, 2014
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Cerner will get a little help from its prestigious client, Intermountain Healthcare, when it prepares its bid for the Department of Defense EHR contract, which could be valued at up to $11 billion, according to the government.
September 25, 2014
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Meaningful use audits are nothing to play around with. They're time consuming and could signify thousands or millions of dollars in lost incentive payments. So proper preparation is essential -- especially for one measure in particular that providers have often failed to meet.
September 25, 2014
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Conifer Health Solutions, the IT services company launched by Tenet Healthcare, will acquire SPi Healthcare, which makes revenue cycle and health information management technology, for $235 million.
September 24, 2014
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ExtraHop enables healthcare IT organizations to harness the massive amounts of wire data flowing through their environments. See how ExtraHop can help to manage departmental and legacy applications while also supporting new initiatives such as meaningful use, compliance, VDI, EHR/EMR, and mobile applications.
September 10, 2014
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McKesson Managed Services deployed ExtraHop to improve its ability to deliver hosted applications to hospitals. With ExtraHop, McKesson identified the root cause of slow Citrix XenApp application launches and adopted a more intelligent, proactive IT operations model that has saved $660,000 in the first year alone.
September 10, 2014
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Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. With ExtraHop, the IT team at Seattle Children’s accelerated Citrix launch times by 500%. “I’ve never seen anything comparable to ExtraHop,” says Bruce Fulton, Senior Systems Infrastructure Team Engineer. “It’s our way to see how a transaction flows from start to finish through these various applications.
September 10, 2014
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Healthcare organizations face a transformational shift with the rise of what Gartner has dubbed the “real-time healthcare system.” ExtraHop equips healthcare organizations with unprecedented visibility through real-time wire data analytics. Organizations such as McKesson Managed Services, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Steward Health Care System use ExtraHop to improve the performance critical healthcare applications, analyze HL7 interface communications, and more.
September 10, 2014
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This white paper provides a brief, high-level overview of the key role mobility and cloud computing play in addressing the challenges healthcare organizations face today. The paper provides IT leaders with guidance on solutions that virtualize EMR systems across a wide variety of desktop and mobile devices. These solutions enable more rapid deployment, easier scalability and shorter time to value--without compromising the security of patient information.
August 27, 2014
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Mobility and consumer devices empower clinicians to deliver better care, more quickly, to patients anywhere—while helping healthcare organizations improve efficiency and simplify IT. This white paper presents five best practices, six examples of real-world organizations and a complete technology strategy to enable mobility in healthcare without sacrificing PHI security, HIPAA compliance or patient privacy.
August 27, 2014
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The Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, with their joint Citrix, IBM and Atlantis Computing solution, supports more than 3,700 virtual desktops, 90 percent data reduction, and four times better total cost of ownership compared to competing all-flash storage.
August 27, 2014
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Together IBM, Citrix and Atlantis Computing offer world-class solutions to help healthcare organizations implement, manage and scale a more cost-effective, centralized and virtualized clinical information system, including EMR.
August 27, 2014
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Healthcare providers operate in a world of evolving regulations, influenced by governmental legislation and constantly changing patient expectations. Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, physician-led, accredited Accountable Care Organization that is Houston's largest and most renowned private multi-specialty physician group were able to successfully virtualize their desktop environment, allowing physicians, regardless of location, to deliver the best outcomes possible at the lowest cost to patients. View this webinar to learn how this world class organization leveraged IT to expand to a multi-specialty practice known for its unique care model.
August 27, 2014
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To make ITaaS (IT as a Service) work for you, what organizational shifts do you need to embrace? What internal and external steps do you need to take? And how can those steps directly impact the performance and availability of your EMR applications?
August 18, 2014
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Creating successful healthcare software — from patient management systems, to medical devices, to electronic medical records rarely happen by accident. They are a result of an intentional design process that is grounded in aesthetics, functionality and usability. Most product managers understand this, but are not sure where to start or how to effect real lasting change. Lorraine Chapman Director Healthcare User Experience, Macadamian proposes a model to help companies quickly identify where they are strong and weak in design, what user experience strategies are required at each stage to consistently deliver great design.
August 18, 2014
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In healthcare, clinicians and patients take a journey together – a journey that often begins with crisis or uncertainty, followed by a carefully orchestrated process of testing, treating, and monitoring, all with the goal of improved or maintained wellness. Patient journey maps are excellent tools to help collect and synthesize data in order to highlight opportunities for improvement, increasing engagement, and ultimately driving revenue. Join Macadamian Technologies’ Anneliis Tosine, User Experience Researcher and Barb Spanton, User Experience Designer as they delve in to patient journey mapping
August 18, 2014
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These are very interesting times for the EHR vendors. EHR systems have undergone a dramatic change over the last 10 years and the pace of change has actually accelerated over the past five years, especially in the backdrop of meaningful use deadlines.
June 26, 2014
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Apple recently announced that iOS 8 would have a built-in app to collect all of your health info in one place. I saw all kinds of opinion pieces published. I let the dust settle, processed all of this, and came up with the following reflections.
June 24, 2014
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As the person responsible for the management of the hosted electronic health record and practice management system for 200 private and employed providers affiliated with a health system in Massachusetts, I couldn't believe it when I saw new CMS proposed rule modifying the EHR Incentive Program.
June 12, 2014
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Over the last few weeks, access to VA healthcare for veterans has been all over the news. At the same time, the DoD is moving to procure a replacement EHR system.
June 10, 2014
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It's easy to categorize providers as divided into two camps, one embracing the use of the internet for medical interactions and the other, well, not so enthusiastic.
June 5, 2014
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Last week, I posted the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from CMS that offers flexibility to Meaningful Use attestation in 2014. Since then, I've received hundreds of emails about it from my fellow CIOs across the country. Here's a summary.
May 28, 2014
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Why politics, parity and performance requirements mean behavioral health hospitals should adopt now.
May 13, 2014
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The first quarter of 2014 is over and yet we are still witnessing EHR system vendors asking the government for more time, or to lessen the certification demands, for Stage 2 of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Meaningful Use of EHRs program.
April 14, 2014
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The expansion of EHRs has resulted in healthcare organizations compiling more protected health information than ever before. At the same time, HIEs are facilitating access to that information from provider to provider.
April 3, 2014
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The expansion of EHRs has resulted in healthcare organizations compiling more protected health information than ever before. At the same time, HIEs are facilitating access to that information from provider to provider.
April 3, 2014
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Way back in 2005 when I was still getting started as a blogger and was active in the world of EHR adoption, I wondered about their impact on malpractice rates. So here we are in 2014 and the information is starting to flow.
March 24, 2014
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A new study by the Rand Corporation indicates that, perhaps not surprisingly, many doctors are not quite as enamored of new health IT as advocates would like.
March 7, 2014
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Agfa HealthCare portfolio available to more than 65,000 VHA, UHC, Children's Hospital Association and Provista members and affiliate organizations.
May 28, 2013
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Greenway Medical Technologies, which delivers innovative information solutions for healthcare providers, announced today that PrimeMOBILE, Greenway’s mobile access solution for PrimeSUITE electronic health record customers, is now Microsoft-certified and available for download at the Windows 8 Store.
May 23, 2013
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Nationally Accredited Student Health Center Will Utilize Comprehensive EHR and Patient Engagement Tools to Enhance Healthcare for More Than 34,000 Students
May 13, 2013
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Healthcare Providers Navigate Regulatory Hurdles, Protect Patients, Improve Care Delivery and Accelerate Electronic Medical Record Adoption Using Intelligent Systems with Speech and Language Understanding
May 6, 2013
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ConnectVirginia, the Commonwealth’s Statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE), is in the process of on boarding Inova, Northern Virginia’s largest health care system, as its first EXCHANGE partner.
October 4, 2012
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The State of Ohio has begun work with TransforMED to transform 50 primary care practices into patient-centered medical homes (PCMH). TransforMED is a nonprofit, wholly owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a national leader in medical home transformation.
October 4, 2012
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UnitedHealthcare has provided $20 million in financing to help 11 Critical Access Hospitals in rural communities throughout California improve health information technology (IT) systems, including the adoption of electronic health records.
October 3, 2012
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athenahealth, Inc. ATHN -2.20% (the "Company"), a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR), and care coordination services to medical groups, today announced that it will hold a conference call for investors on Friday, October 19, 2012, at 8:00 a.m. ET.
October 2, 2012
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The Chief Technology Officer of CareCloud, a Miami-based provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic healthcare record (EHR), revenue cycle management and medical billing software and services for medical practices, headed back to school at Florida International University (FIU) the other day. Tom Packert showed up for class in the Master of Science in Health Informatics and Management Systems program, but not as a student. Instead, he came to launch a unique partnership between CareCloud and FIU that will let students in the Master’s program access CareCloud Charts, its electronic health record software, as if they were physicians or practice administrators with their own practices.
October 1, 2012
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In the year since the first NYeC gala, there have been revolutionary advancements in health IT throughout New York and across the nation. On Monday, October 15th, five champions of health IT will be highlighted at the second gala and award ceremony.
September 28, 2012
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Sandlot Solutions, a leading healthcare information technology company, recently released The New Model of Health Information Exchanges: Using Data and Analytics to Improve Health Care Delivery, an industry report highlighting the evolution of health information exchange (HIE) and how advancements such as digital envelope technology drive new functionalities and capabilities. Fourth-generation HIEs extend beyond the simple exchange of patient records to the meaningful use of data for the delivery and coordination of care at the individual and community levels.
September 27, 2012
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Aetna and Hunterdon HealthCare Partners have announced a new accountable care agreement that will improve the quality and cost of patient care, helping members and plan sponsors save money.
July 19, 2012
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