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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Several big-bucks deals and partnerships struck us recently -- not just because of their price tags, but also because they could prove to be game changers for health IT, now and far into the future. Here are nine worth watching for their effect on the industry.
August 10, 2015
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The American Academy of Family Physicians has entered into an agreement with HealthFusion to offer HealthFusion's software to its 120,900 family physician members.
August 7, 2015
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Texas Health Resources has appointed Joey Sudomir as senior vice president, innovative technology solutions and chief information officer.
August 7, 2015
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Healthcare improvement alliance Premier will spend $400 million to acquire CECity, a privately-held, SaaS-based healthcare solutions company. Much like Premier, CECity focuses on performance management and improvement, pay-for-value reporting and professional education.
August 6, 2015
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Half of primary care physicians across the country view the increasing use of quality-of-care metrics and penalties for unnecessary hospitalizations as potentially troubling for patient care.
August 6, 2015
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Health Catalyst has acquired Health Care DataWorks, a company with roots in Ohio State University, and one that works on improving patient outcomes much like Health Catalyst does.
August 5, 2015
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Topping off what Cerner executives detailed during the company's earnings call Tuesday as a highly successful Quarter 2, in spite of profits falling, was the icing on the cake: the Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization project. Photo: David Gleason, 2008
August 5, 2015
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A glimpse inside the thinking that determined the department's surprising selection for its gigantic EHR modernization initiative.
August 4, 2015
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ONC head Karen DeSalvo, MD, is slated to appear for a Senate committee hearing to determine whether it will grant her its nomination.
August 4, 2015
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The National Institutes of Health clinics has achieved Stage 7, the highest level on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, which puts the organization in an elite category of EHR users.
August 3, 2015
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Critical technologies -- including the electronic health record platform -- at a health network in Missouri went black this past week, and stayed down for 20 hours.
August 3, 2015
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The New Jersey Innovation Institute has received a $2.9 million grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to help the Department of Health ensure the sharing of quality data through its New Jersey Health Information Network.
July 31, 2015
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The shift from fee-for-service to value-based care is creating significant financial and performance pressures for healthcare providers. As Health IT leaders work to harness cloud, Big Data, mobile, and social technology to optimize their EMR, building a trusted hybrid cloud infrastructure lays the foundation for team-based care. In this whitepaper, learn how a hybrid cloud framework enables coordinated care to improve patient care delivery, lower IT costs, and increase business agility -- including recommended steps and solutions.
October 15, 2014
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One hour webinar that walks through the Dell Mobile Clinical Computing solution and why you may want to consider it for your environment.
September 22, 2014
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Learn how Mater Health improves access to clinical data with a virtual desktop environment built on robust Dell Wyse zero clients. Benefits experienced by Mater include improved speed of initial access to clinical data by 80% and projected increase of endpoint lifespan by 50%.
September 22, 2014
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Examine the total economic impact that you can realize by using Dell™ Mobile Clinical Computing (MCC). Discover how Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) achieved clinical efficiency, data security and IT productivity by implementing Dell MCC.
September 22, 2014
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Vendor Neutral Archives are giving PACS owners a direct path to image ownership. Outpacing PACS deployments by 5x, Vendor Neutral Archives are "unPACing" imaging archives at record rates. If you are considering a VNA solution or you want to understand how a VNA will support your enterprise image management strategy, read The VNA Guide. Learn why PACS "deconstruction" is giving way to VNA growth and know what to look for in your enterprise image management solution.
September 15, 2014
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Analysts are predicting a 25% year-over-year growth in VNA adoption. Some reports forecast an evolutionary shift from proprietary PACS archives to architecture-neutral VNA solutions. Healthcare business considerations for a move to VNA include: EMR adoption, new industry regulations, market consolidation, and "big data" management. Find out why CIOs are deploying VNAs as part of their enterprise image management strategy and why now is the time to "unPAC" your image archives.
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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Just because your EHR system is compliant with HIPAA security standards, that does not mean your organization as a whole is fully compliant. Here are some specific actions you should take to protect patient information.
March 11, 2015
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Somehow health systems have adopted the notion that electronic health records are central to their competitive strategies -- viewing the technology's capabilities beyond their original design and intent.
February 23, 2015
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"Credit monitoring for a breach of your identity data, medical or not, is like handing out umbrellas in a tornado." This is a fitting analogy, as healthcare is amidst a converging storm of cyber security; four forces fairly unique to other industries seem to plague the healthcare ecosystem at a confluence.
February 17, 2015
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Even in the heavily privacy-regulated healthcare industry, few people realize how vulnerable many of our systems -- from EHR to connected medical devices -- are to cyberattacks.
February 10, 2015
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In anticipation of House of Cards Season 4, and with all due respect to the show's creators, I think real life is giving us a perfect plotline that includes politicians, corporate interests, their lobbyists and a big fat government contract.
February 10, 2015
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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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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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