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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More than $28.5 billion has been paid out so far as part of the federal Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, helping drive electronic health record adoption from coast to coast. This map and sortable table shows who's gotten how much.
April 8, 2015
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Rival EHR giants Cerner Corporation and Epic Systems have joined iPatientCare as CMS Designated Test EHR Program participants.
April 8, 2015
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Analytics, interoperability products aim to help transition to smarter, better-connected, more value-based care.
April 8, 2015
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The HIMSS15 Social Media Ambassador discusses his methods for evaluating technological innovation, the reality that clinicians are not afraid of technology, and what doesn't work so well in healthcare.
April 7, 2015
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Allscripts plans to tout its open platform as a key differentiator at HIMSS15.
April 7, 2015
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A recent social snub has our columnist thinking about people's deep-seated need to be recognized and appreciated -- not least in the doctor's office, when an EHR could be standing in the way of that human connection.
April 6, 2015
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ADP’s AdvancedMarketplace will help providers find mobile solutions in what the vendor describes as a distraction-free environment.
April 6, 2015
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Despite all the recent industry-wide discussion, objective measures suggest that health IT interoperability is still only barely simmering, says John Loonsk, MD.
April 6, 2015
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New York's state legislature gave SHIN-NY, the statewide health information network, a $45 million boost this past week.
April 6, 2015
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There are just over 200 U.S. hospitals that have ascended to the top of the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model. What are the secrets to their success?
April 6, 2015
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When CMS dropped the Stage 3 meaningful use proposed rule March 20, industry response wasn't immediate. But now it's sinking in, and many have gone to Twitter to voice their opinions. Here's our roundup.
April 3, 2015
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Officials at OpenVista electronic health record company Medsphere announced it will merge with an IT consulting and outsourcing firm.
April 3, 2015
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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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Did you know 37 percent of physicians are dissatisfied with EHRs? Your current EHR could be contributing to your physicians' dissatisfaction. Physicians' complaints will not go away unless you address them. In this whitepaper, learn from the perspective of Frank Newlands, MD on why EHRs are not meeting the needs of physicians and what you can you do to fix this problem.
May 19, 2014
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We should be in the midst of the gilded age of healthcare IT. Yet, praise for healthcare IT systems is few and far between. Success stories are rare. What gives?
October 3, 2014
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How can a physician's productivity and focus on the patient be maintained while using an EHR at the point of care, and why do many systems fall short on this?
October 1, 2014
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As reported last year at HIMSS and by many online news and opinion sources since, physician dissatisfaction with EHRs is growing. Indeed, while this blog post doesn't focus on the broader picture, general physician career dissatisfaction is disconcertingly high.
September 22, 2014
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Health IT is often considered a silent partner in healthcare -- not seen by patients, but a critical part of the system. As we celebrate National Health IT Week, it's important to realize that although health IT already has a long history.
September 16, 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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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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UBM Medica US's Physician's Practice 2012 Technology Survey, sponsored by AT&T, found that 72 percent of U.S. healthcare providers surveyed—are in some stage of EHR adoption.
July 18, 2012
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Vitera Healthcare Solutions, one of the nation's largest providers of electronic health records (EHRs) and practice management software and services, today announced that Southaven Internal Medicine of Southaven, Mississippi, is the first practice in the United States to successfully submit the 2011 reporting period of Physician Quality Reporting Systems (PQRS) measures.
March 8, 2012
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will visit Houston to discuss how hospitals and health care providers are finding innovative ways to improve patient care.
March 8, 2012
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University Health System, the lead trauma center for South Texas, will use Allscripts Community Record, powered by dbMotion, to share patient data with its facilities and the University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center San Antonio. The Allscripts solution will help provide a single patient record for the many physicians and patients who use both facilities.
March 8, 2012
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Medsphere Systems Corporation and Kern Medical Center today announced that Kern has met the requirements for Stage One Meaningful Use with Medsphere’s OpenVista system, the enabling electronic health record (EHR), and has received more than $5 million in initial reimbursement from the federal government.
January 24, 2012
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For an unprecedented third time in a single year, Amazing Charts has been honored as the best Electronic Health Record (EHR) system for small practices. Most recently, Amazing Charts was ranked number one in the category of Ambulatory EMR (1-10 Physicians) in the 2011 Best in KLAS Awards: Software and Services.
January 18, 2012
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Today, cloud-based healthcare solution provider CareCloud announced its official entrance into the electronic health record (EHR) market. CareCloud Charts' breakthrough user interface is a revolutionary approach to maintaining and sharing patient medical information across the continuum of care while accelerating, rather than hindering, clinical workflow.
January 13, 2012
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e-MDs, the provider of the nation's most highly rated EHR, congratulates Christopher Wenner, MD, for being recognized on Monday, December 5, 2011, by Minnesota's Regional Extension Center for Health Information Technology (REC) for his leadership in the nationwide transition toward electronic health records. Dr. Wenner is one of the first providers in Minnesota to attest to Meaningful Use for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. He worked with REACH, the REC designated by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to assist clinicians in Minnesota and North Dakota in becoming meaningful users of electronic health records. e-MDs is pleased to congratulate Dr. Wenner on becoming a member of an exclusive group of leaders – the Meaningful Use Vanguard (MUV). MUV is an initiative of ONC, designed to honor, thank, and bring together clinicians like Dr. Wenner, who have successfully implemented EHRs. MUVers (members of the MUV program) serve as local leaders and advisors in the nation's transition toward an electronically-enabled health care system. Dr. Wenner is one of many e-MDs clients in every region of the country who have become MUVers.
January 12, 2012
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MMRGlobal, Inc. (OTCBB: MMRF) ("MMR"), a leading provider of Personal Health Records ("PHR"), MyEsafeDepositBox storage solutions and electronic document management and imaging systems for healthcare professionals (www.mmrprovideos.com), today announced that on Friday, December 30, 2011, the Company received a Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its "Method and System for Providing Online Medical Records." The patent will become part of the Company's portfolio of Health IT patents and is similar to those already issued to MMR in Australia and Singapore and others pending in countries around the world. When issued, this patent and others pending and applied for will be utilized in the Company's suite of Personal Health Record, professional document management and imaging systems and MyEsafeDepositBox (www.myesafevideos.com) products and services.
January 4, 2012
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eClinicalWorks®, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announced that Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC), the largest primary physician practice in Southwest Georgia and a Community Health Center (CHC), has chosen eClinicalWorks comprehensive electronic health records (EHR) solution across its 14 locations. According to figures by the NACHC, eClinicalWorks customers represent 33% of CHCs in the country.
January 3, 2012
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More than 9,000 office visits to the People’s Health Clinic (PHC) in Park City, Utah, in 2012 will use the latest in Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology, thanks to a holiday donation of $140,000 in practice management software from ManagementPlus. ManagementPlus’ EHR 5.0 software will now assist the clinic’s staff and volunteer doctors in providing care to uninsured patients in Utah’s Summit and Wasatch counties.
December 29, 2011
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