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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June 5, 2015
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Former National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD, has launched a national campaign around patient access to healthcare data with characteristic clarity and flair.
June 5, 2015
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This first part may sting a bit: To those healthcare organizations in the beginning stages of rolling out a data analytics program, chances are you're going to do it completely and utterly wrong.
June 2, 2015
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A new study from RAND Corporation shows that decision support technology can lead to a reduction in inappropriate advanced imaging studies. But practical challenges remain when it comes to putting the tools to work in clinical settings.
June 2, 2015
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What happens when a health system with liability insurance fails to secure protected health information of its patients and is hit with a $4.13 million class action settlement for it?
June 1, 2015
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Partners HealthCare's estimated $1.2 billion Epic EHR system promises to automate paper-based work at Partners' hospitals in Boston. Will the gamble pay off? The Boston Globe explores.
June 1, 2015
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Whether users are ignoring technology (alarm fatigue) or blindly following it (assuming clinical decision support prompts are always right), ultimately it's up to the caregiver to fully consider his or her medical training and use common sense.
June 1, 2015
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Allina Health and Health Catalyst launched 2015 with a unique partnership between a health system and a vendor -- a $100 million deal over 10 years with shared risks. Ross Gustafson talks about the work so far.
June 1, 2015
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Anna Orlova, senior director, standards at AHIMA, compares the current interoperability of today's electronic health record systems to treadle sewing machines of the early 20th century.
June 1, 2015
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In an article published online today in JAMIA, the journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, an AMIA task force takes on the thorny issues associated with the use of electronic medical record systems and offers recommendations for improvement.
May 29, 2015
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Two reports from two separate research firms -- Kalorama and Black Book Rankings -- indicate the market for EMRs is still healthy, even as incentives for meaningful use dwindle and a large shift in vendor market share occurs.
May 28, 2015
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CHIME, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, says the requirements for Stage 3 meaningful use are over the top, and its executives proposed several changes.
May 28, 2015
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Secure, efficient communication is key to reliable patient care. Every situation involving patients requires rapid response, and care needs must be tightly managed and regulated. Learn how two busy healthcare organizations selected a secure chat solution to help improve care transition and enable physicians to more efficiently discuss critical issues.
March 26, 2015
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During this webinar, you’ll learn how to enable one unified data platform to serve multiple constituents and how to develop a data first approach with an attractive scale to cost ratio and endless possibilities.
March 19, 2015
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Beginning January 1st, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) started reimbursing providers who are actively managing care delivery for Medicare patients that have two or more chronic conditions. Providers are required to use a certified EHR, obtain and manage patient consent, deliver five core care management services, and provide at least 20 minutes of follow-up outside of the office (i.e. non-face time care). However, the financial upside for providers can be significant--potentially doubling practice billings.
March 18, 2015
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Healthcare organizations are defining organization-specific strategies to gain control of patient data access, sharing and management. In this Executive Brief, the CTO at central Florida’s largest imaging center discusses PACS, VNAs and image management and how he leveraged an Enterprise Imaging Platform to regain imaging control and automate specialty workflows.
March 11, 2015
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Healthcare organizations need enterprise-level solutions to manage image sharing, access and integration across departmental and regional boundaries. Beyond the "A" in PACS addressed by Vendor Neutral Archives, healthcare organizations are deploying comprehensive Enterprise Imaging Platforms to smooth M&A integration, address MU2 mandates and reduce escalating image integration and storage costs.
February 24, 2015
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To confidently assume care for a patient, your clinicians need access to the complete patient record. Unfortunately, that record is usually spread throughout multiple systems and paper files. Discover how to create a single, electronic patient record to improve patient care and clinician satisfaction.
February 12, 2015
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Learn how this large health system was able to improve patient financial engagement in just a few months and drive more than a million dollars in first year return.
January 30, 2015
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Increased electronic engagement between healthcare providers and patients provides significant opportunities for improving revenue cycle metrics. Learn some proven methods for increasing patient adoption of online portals can increase payments, impact Meaningful Use and improve the patient experience.
January 30, 2015
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A multitude of health apps competes for consumers' short attention spans and strong desire to get healthy. To draw your audience to your health app, we have gathered experts who will point to key design and research activities that can guide you as you develop a healthy and sustainable app.
January 20, 2015
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With the advent of 2014, EHR software is in the spotlight as physicians work toward ONC's Meaningful Use Stage 2 certification. Listen to researchers explain why formative and usability testing are vital to delivering a product that meets the needs of your end users.
January 20, 2015
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Learn how the University of Pennsylvania's Health System transformed its information system via digitization. What started as an intention to reduce the paper load generated by a single patient visit, turned into a comprehensive overhaul of the hospital's medical and financial records. The end result? Dramatically increased efficiencies across all departments.
January 9, 2015
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Critical initiatives such as increasing patient engagement, improving clinical workflow and driving greater care coordination require healthcare technology leaders too ‘unlock’ the EMR and bring data to the point of care in real-time. To do so, they must connect clinical and non-clinical systems, both on-premises and in the cloud.
December 10, 2014
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We just pointed to a survey that says doctors aren't embracing digital health technologies. In the name of fairness, we should also point to a survey that says it's not their fault, but their bosses'.
February 4, 2015
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The collaboration between the two organizations provides athenahealth the chance to take BIDMC's experience to a much larger audience, hopefully making a difference to providers, patients and payers across the country.
February 3, 2015
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A show of hands: Who believes depression or bipolar disorder have no impact on the severity and treatment of a patient’s diabetes and COPD? It's an idea no practicing physician would support. Yet time and again, we act as though mental illness and care can be kept separate from physical ailments.
January 20, 2015
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What will remain constant in 2015 is change. Healthcare is in the middle of a major evolution toward digital, personalized medicine and the empowered patient. Karin Ratchinsky offers her top five trends for 2015 in health IT.
January 15, 2015
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In an era where medicine is highly specialized and different specialties are involved in the care of a patient, intelligent use of information technology is essential to help providers, payers and patients achieve better care management outcomes while simultaneously improving cost and quality of care.
January 14, 2015
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As an eternal optimist, I always look forward to the year ahead and forget the bruises of the year that has passed. What innovations can we expect in 2015?
January 7, 2015
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Different healthcare specialties have different electronic health record requirements as there is significant variation in care processes, clinical content and decision support across care settings. To select the right EHR, specialty practices must fully appreciate how the technology addresses their particular needs and requirements.
December 23, 2014
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While EHRs have increased clinicians' ability to document and share histories, results, assessments and orders, they underperform when it comes to finding and connecting clinicians with other team members, insights, and coordinating complex care processes, especially when team members cross organizational boundaries.
December 18, 2014
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How can your clinical systems enable clinically-coordinated care, that is, true functional interoperability? Here are four important considerations to put you on the right path.
December 16, 2014
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During this season of gratitude and giving, let's share our gratitude by giving thanks for what health IT and healthcare professionals are doing every day to make our health system better.
November 25, 2014
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Several IHE Domains met last week to discuss work items for the coming season of interoperability.
November 17, 2014
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Although there are myriad benefits associated with electronic health records, a 2013 study shows that many physicians see a significant downside to the EHR -- it gives them less quality time to interact with their with patients.
November 14, 2014
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At the HIMSS Innovation Center, located on the fourth floor of the Global Center for Health Innovation, HIMSS Executive Vice President Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, announced Alego Health as Founding Collaborator for the Healthcare Technology Showcase, which is part of the Innovation Center.
May 29, 2013
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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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