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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Health Level Seven International has launched the Argonaut Project -- a collaborative comprising healthcare heavy-hitters such as Epic, Cerner, MEDITECH, Mayo Clinic, Intermountain, Beth Israel Deaconess and Partners HealthCare -- to speed the development and adoption of HL7’s standards framework, FHIR.
December 5, 2014
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The need to share patient information with other providers and the use of financial incentives are key drivers in why many providers adopt and use health information technology tools such as electronic health records, according a data brief released today from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
December 5, 2014
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An estimated 50,000 lives were saved, 1.3 million fewer patients escaped harm and healthcare avoided $12 billion in spending. This according to a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services earlier this week.
December 4, 2014
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Your organization can have the most well-crafted privacy and security policies in the world. But if those policies are accompanied by lukewarm emphasis and no accountability, or your staff just downright ignores them, you have a big security problem -- just like the folks at one Ohio-based health system did last week.
December 2, 2014
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The University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, which has already achieved Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics scale, has won the 2014 enterprise Davies Award. With the use of its electronic health record, the health system was able to improve workflow and documentation as well as significantly reduce adverse drug events and hospital acquired infections.
December 1, 2014
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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital leaders have launched an initiative to create a single electronic health record platform. The hospital will extend and expand its Allscripts technology throughout its facilities.
December 1, 2014
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Want ads for health information technology professionals saw a moderate slump in the third quarter, falling 4 percent from Q2. But the numbers weren't all underwhelming, as certain new job titles saw strong growth.
November 28, 2014
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Flu season is coming early this year. That forecast comes from data collected by athenahealth, which has reported early signs of influenza based on patient visit data from its cloud-based network.
November 26, 2014
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Weill Cornell's Keith Hentel, MD, will be the first to tell you: His radiology department intentionally failed to meet Stage 1 of meaningful use. They could have done it. But it would have meant pouring already limited resources into something that "doesn't really move our practice anywhere in the right direction," he said.
November 25, 2014
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Offering a bit of leeway, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has pushed out the deadline for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals to attest to meaningful use for the 2014 reporting year, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 31.
November 25, 2014
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With all the talk about patient engagement as a component of both meaningful use and of healthcare quality improvement, it seems to be lacking in one of the most obvious places of all: the hospital room.
November 24, 2014
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As debate swirls about a recent Institute of Medicine report suggesting that electronic health records collect more non-clinical patient data for population health research, a new poll suggest patients are mostly willing to offer access to anonymized health information -- but only to an extent.
November 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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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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In an effort to reduce costs and improve patient clinical outcomes, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been instrumental in driving wide spread changes in the healthcare delivery system. These changes have caused a cultural shift in the way in which clinicians and patients interact and share personal information with healthcareorganizations nation-wide. While security and privacy rank high, patient engagement is arguably the main challenge facing healthcare software vendors, health insurers and Accountable Care Organizations.
August 18, 2014
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Most discussions of “data liquidity” in health IT focus on the ability to share data across the healthcare delivery system for better care coordination. By tightly integrating electronic health record (EHR) and revenue cycle management (RCM) systems in a clinically driven RCM model, provider organizations can realize tremendous gains in financial performance by optimizing revenue streams directly at the point of care, maximizing and speeding reimbursement, minimizing denials and streamlining the collection process.
July 15, 2014
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When Greenway customer Eric Ashkin, MD, left a 10-physician practice in 2012 after 8 years with the organization he had one vision in mind: create a smaller organization of experienced professionals focused on advanced capabilities with minimal support staff. The results? -Fast and satisfying implementation -Aligned clinical care and billing -Superior financial performance -Exceptional service with minimal headcount -Thriving in a challenging time
July 15, 2014
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When expanding operations met decreased attention to billing, a California OB/GYN was suddenly operating in the red and needed a fast course correction. After adopting Greenway Health's clinically driven revenue cycle management™ solution, the practice was back in the black in weeks. Fair Oaks Women’s Health in Pasadena is one of many practices discovering the best way to get on top of revenue cycle management is to leverage the expertise and tools of Greenway.
July 15, 2014
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It’s time to adopt a new vision for an enterprise imaging strategy that focuses on providing electronic access to any medical image, anywhere, anytime. Current trends in patient safety and healthcare reform as well as competition for referring physicians are driving the need for this new paradigm of image sharing. The right strategy aligns with your business needs, integrates with your existing EHR and PACS, and incorporates three critical components discussed in this white paper.
July 1, 2014
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If you're a clinician, you'll walk away from this webinar with key insights to share with your team and with your facility's IT staff. If you're on the IT side, you'll learn how to achieve a more successful point-of-care implementation by getting buy-in from your most important constituents – the clinicians themselves.
June 18, 2014
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Friday was my one day of summer vacation, enabled by the large number of people taking a long Labor Day weekend. Some things are worth interrupting your vacation.
September 2, 2014
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Clinical Decision Support Systems can inform physicians while improving the rate of preventive services and patient engagement. While some physicians balk at the notion of a machine dictating treatment protocol and health management plans, the primary role of CDSS is informing doctors to make better decisions.
August 29, 2014
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Recently, John Halamka, MD, has given many lectures about SMAC -- social media, mobile, analytics and cloud computing. He finds that the most popular analytics topics are business intelligence, big data, and novel data visualizations.
August 1, 2014
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Although electronic health record adoption is more saturated in hospitals and physician practices, long-term and post-acute care organizations have not been as quick to adopt this technology. But now, forward-thinking LTPACs are shifting their focus toward EHR technology advancement and adoption.
July 31, 2014
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So, why is VistA CPRS the preferred choice? In a word, design. The VA built the system with two design goals: improved patient care and rapid adoptability.
July 24, 2014
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I hear the complaint that implementing an EHR changes their workflow from a lot of physicians and nurses. I also hear that EHR X is no good because it is just an electronic version of their existing paper workflow.
July 21, 2014
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With the right system and a careful, well-considered implementation strategy, healthcare organizations can reap the benefits of a tool that efficiently facilitates comprehensive client care and improved outcomes.
July 14, 2014
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Doctors, patients and insurance companies don’t agree on much. But ask them what they think of call centers, and you can rest assured you’ll get complaints from every quarter.
July 8, 2014
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Without a doubt, the death of American veterans as a result of the VA waitlist debacle is tragic and unacceptable. The Obama administration must move quickly and deliberately to fix the underlying problems and restore faith in the agency.
July 1, 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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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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