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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In the latest example of a world-class health system yanking its established electronic health record in favor of a blue chip vendor, Mayo Clinic is migrating to Epic.
January 20, 2015
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More and more patients are clamoring for their docs to go digital, but too many physicians are still dragging their feet.
January 20, 2015
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Reporting immunization records to state agencies is a required core measure for Stage 2 meaningful use. For healthcare providers, that can be an arduous task.
January 19, 2015
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"It's hard to comprehend how HHS can move forward to full-year reporting when the numbers for 90-day reporting are so low," said Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., criticizing the rigidity of the meaningful use program as she reintroduced her Flex-IT Act earlier this week.
January 16, 2015
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Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which oversees the Federal EHR Incentive Program and is in charge of the transition to ICD-10, announced Friday she would be stepping down in February.
January 16, 2015
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"Although computers and EHRs can facilitate and even improve clinical documentation, their use can also add complexities," according to a new paper from the American College of Physicians, which offers its take on usage strategies and better system design.
January 15, 2015
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Two hospitals that are part of the MultiCare Health System in Washington State -- and more than 100 of MultiCare's ambulatory clinics -- have landed Stage 7 awards from HIMSS Analytics.
January 15, 2015
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Google is a key contender -- part of the PwC team -- bidding on the massive 10-year federal contract to build an electronic health record system for the Department of Defense. PwC announced the collaboration on Thursday.
January 15, 2015
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Athenahealth, which built its reputation among ambulatory practices by doing the work doctors don't have time to do, is about to buy itself entry into the hospital market. On Wednesday it announced its acquisition of RazorInsights, which provides cloud-based EHRs to rural, critical access and community hospitals.
January 14, 2015
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Improving the health of populations is a challenging goal -- but one that could have some far-reaching positive impacts. Untangling issues around interoperability and data liquidity -- whether it's EHR vendors who don't play ball or privacy laws that hamstring well-meaning pop health initiatives -- will be key to making it happen.
January 14, 2015
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Medsphere Systems and BT have agreed to jointly promote Medsphere's OpenVista EHR under a software-as-a-service. The goal, executives from both companies say, is to relieve hospitals of the many costly and burdensome IT responsibilities. It's also an indicator that proprietary models may be losing favor, they add.
January 13, 2015
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Meet the new linguistic mashup: "plecosystem," meaning a technological ecosystem comprising different platforms. More and more platforms are coming from technology leaders such as Apple, IBM, Google and Microsoft -- put them all together and that could mean big things for healthcare innovation.
January 13, 2015
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Universal, zero-footprint viewers help clinicians streamline diagnosis, improve result turnaround time and facilitate communication and sharing with patients. How "universal" must these viewers be to truly deliver on their promises? Here are five key criteria to look for before deploying a universal, zero-footprint viewer.
September 15, 2014
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Imaging informatics, one of healthcare IT's fastest growing segments, is poised for explosive change. Demand for anytime, anywhere access to complete patient information, including imaging, is on the rise. Learn how today's CIOs are breaking down barriers in imaging informatics to deliver vital patient care records where and when needed while reducing costs, improving diagnostic efficiency, and addressing Meaningful Use Stage 2 directives.
September 15, 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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Many of you know the story about e-Patient Dave, who started the movement called "Give me my damn data." But the real question is, how many organizations are actually doing it?
September 15, 2014
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Healthcare industry stakeholders have long imagined the improvements enabled by a digital world. Yet despite the widespread optimism, electronic health records have so far failed to transform the healthcare industry.
September 5, 2014
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The big data fad in healthcare is the direct result of a quarter century of hype about electronic medical records, promoted by the health policy elite with the encouragement and financial assistance of the computer industry.
September 4, 2014
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The daunting task of connecting fragmented data is the responsibility of providers and insurance providers after the adoption of EHR systems. How can this process be simplified?
September 4, 2014
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Is healthcare a business? In the United States, the question has been asked time and again but never satisfactorily answered. It's starting to look like Americans won’t be able to duck the question for much longer.
September 3, 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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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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