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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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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New legislation introduced Thursday by Republican North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers provides relief from the government's meaningful use requirements -- and puts Stage 3 on hold indefinitely.
July 31, 2015
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Many health system CIOs say they weren't expecting the Cerner/Leidos team to win the coveted contract to overhaul the Department of Defense's electronic health record system. "I really thought it was going to Epic," was one typical response.
July 31, 2015
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Fair or not, Cerner's reputation in recent years has been one of increasing embrace of openness -- at least more open than Epic, with its perceived "garden-walled" ethos. That stated commitment to data liquidity probably served it well with DoD decision-makers.
July 30, 2015
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The contract to build and modernize the Department of Defense's EHR system went to Cerner, Leidos and Accenture on Wednesday. After the contract win was announced, social media platforms were abuzz with personal, tweet-sized commentaries and reactions to the decision that have carried over to today.
July 30, 2015
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It might seem like a bit of Monday morning quarterbacking, but industry insiders are weighing in on the $9B contract the Department of Defense signed with EHR giant Cerner, and some are suggesting the government could have finessed a better play.
July 30, 2015
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With the ink still drying on the big EHR contract awarded to Leidos, Cerner and Accenture on Wednesday, the Department of Defense went on offense in explaining how much data it and the VA share every day.
July 30, 2015
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CVS Health, with 7,800 pharmacies and more than 1,000 medical clinics, and Watson, IBM's cognitive computing platform, are joining forces on a project that aims to tackle chronic conditions before they even take hold.
July 30, 2015
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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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Download the whitepaper to learn how Valley Regional Hospital improved their IT costs and increased their uptime to 99.5 percent with a Hosted IT solution. Not only were they able to reduce spikes in their IT spending but at the same time comply with the latest technology and regulatory requirements. Learn how to evaluate on-premise versus off-premise, hosted IT infrastructure and application management for hospitals, and the benefits that the proper choice can yield. A checklist is included that you can use to gage what is best for your hospital.
May 19, 2014
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HIPAA-compliant hosting can help healthcare organizations address issues in the areas of cost containment, cost predictability, rapid application rollout and expertise utilization. Any healthcare-related organization, including Business Associates of HIPAA Covered Entities, should consider the use of a well-qualified cloud provider that can host patient portals, health information exchanges, email and other services that healthcare organizations must manage. This white paper addresses some of the key issues in healthcare management and how a well-qualified, compliant hosting provider can help organizations to reduce costs and better meet their obligations. Understand the key focus areas on fulfilling Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements, managing medical image archives, enabling application decommissioning, implementing Disaster Recovery for EHR and EMR, and HIPAA-Compliant Hosting.
May 16, 2014
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Integrating your information systems boosts the quality of healthcare by making the delivery of that care safer and more efficient. If you are ready to experience this integration but are struggling to get it done, learn how Roper St. Francis was able to integrate their ED system with their inpatient system and now saves 5,000 staff hours annually. Read their story now.
May 14, 2014
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Make it easier for your physicians to place orders and get clinical results. Learn how to integrate multiple systems, increase patient workflow, and improve physician satisfaction during this on-demand webcast by Clark Averill, Director of IT, St. Luke’s Hospital. Clark will share his experiences of overcoming system limitations, creating bi-directional interfaces, and updating and integrating the information systems that provide healthcare services for 17 counties and 215 physicians. Register for this on-demand webcast today.
May 14, 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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As a physician who has used and worked on the development team of a number of EMRs and technologies, I am reminded of how powerful, or dangerous, information technology can be both in terms of caring for the patient as well as safeguarding the caregiver.
November 13, 2014
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EHRs have been weathering a bit of criticism lately, though not always fairly. But as some stakeholders see it, part of the problem may be that EHRs "are becoming the central hub for all clinical, administrative and quality aspects of healthcare."
October 31, 2014
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In 2014, there have been many changes at the Office of the National Coordinator. Although some have voiced concerns about loss of momentum, John Halamka, MD, believes that in change there is opportunity.
October 29, 2014
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If you want to confront the complexity of electronic data, just stop and think about how many ways you want to use the data you have in hand.
October 23, 2014
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The fundamental organization of data in an EHR around information documented during an encounter isn't likely to change whether you look at a large grained document-centric approach, or a finer-grained data item-centric approach.
October 21, 2014
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For those who follow the ongoing conversion of U.S. healthcare from paper to electronic information systems, Texas Health Presbyterian's reflex to blame its EHR for its failure to diagnose the first known case of Ebola in the U.S. was revealing at many levels.
October 20, 2014
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It's no secret that one by-product of the health IT revolution has been providers learning how to make better use of technology while also losing touch with their patients.
October 15, 2014
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eClinicalWorks®, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announced that 21 providers from Rockford Orthopedic have successfully attested for meaningful use and the practice has received a $378,000 check from the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the maximum amount allowed for 2011. These incentives were established by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) to reward medical providers who successfully demonstrate meaningful use of an electronic health records (EHR) system in ways that improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of patient-centered care.
December 29, 2011
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McKenzie County Healthcare Systems (MCHS) today announced that McKenzie County Memorial Hospital is the first hospital in North Dakota to qualify for Medicare reimbursements for using a certified electronic health record (EHR). McKenzie County Healthcare Systems will receive the reimbursement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services EHR Incentive Program. The program was created by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act to offer healthcare providers financial incentives for implementing and demonstrating meaningful use of an EHR system.
December 29, 2011
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eClinicalWorks®, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announced that a recent report published by AmericanEHR Partners, an online community dedicated to supporting adoption, use, and optimization of EHRs, titled Market Share and Top 10 Rated Ambulatory EHR Products by Practice Report, places the company highly in regard to market share for small physician practices and functionality with mid-to-larger size practices.
December 22, 2011
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With the federal government offering both carrot and stick incentives to implement electronic health records, Biggs Gridley Memorial Hospital needed a system that could create the requisite digital environment. After an exhaustive analysis of various options, leaders at the California provider selected an enterprise clinical and financial system that includes an innovative EHR solution from Prognosis Health Information Systems.
December 21, 2011
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Practice Fusion, the largest doctor-patient EMR community in the country, has hit pivotal milestones in 2011. Since its product launch in 2007, the company's free, web-based EMR system has reached over 130,000 medical professionals serving 28 million patients. Its patient community alone has observed a 400 percent increase since 2010. The EMR provides scheduling, charting, e-prescribing, lab integrations and referral letters for providers in small to medium-sized practices and helps eligible physicians earn Meaningful Use incentives; up to $64,000 per provider over the next few years.
December 20, 2011
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NITHealth today announced that the firm provided consulting services that enabled Hoboken University Medical Center to become one of the first community hospitals in the U.S. to achieve meaningful use, resulting in a grant of an estimated $8 million in stimulus funds, with approximately $3 million awarded this year.
December 20, 2011
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DiagnosisOne, the clinical decision support and analytics company, today announced that gloStream has selected DiagnosisOne to provide clinical decision support (CDS) for its electronic medical record (EMR) solutions. Through this relationship, gloStream will seamlessly integrate DiagnosisOne’s smartConsult CDS solution into its CCHIT-certified gloEMR offering to deliver real-time, patient-specific alerts at the point of care. The combined offering will address increasing market demand for CDS from gloStream’s expanding customer base of Independent Practice Associations (IPAs) and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), enabling these organizations to increase care quality, efficiency and accountability.
December 5, 2011
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Meditab/SuiteMed, a leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announced that Memorial Healthcare System, the fifth-largest public healthcare system in the nation, has selected Meditab/SuiteMed as one of the vendors to participate in Memorial Healthcare System’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) Donation Program. Memorial Healthcare System, a national leader in the adoption of healthcare IT across its network of six hospitals serving South Broward County, and as part of its continuing commitment to enable excellent quality care and services, will assist more than 1,800 affiliated physicians in the adoption of electronic medical records in their private practices through an EHR Donation Program.
November 30, 2011
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Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ:MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced the solutions it is demonstrating at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in booth #6219 to help providers improve image interoperability and achieve Meaningful Use.
November 28, 2011
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HCA Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HCA) today announced that, in response to new accounting guidance, it is revising its accounting for the recognition of income from HITECH incentive payments related to meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. On November 4, 2011, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicated to American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) representatives that it believed the “gain contingency” accounting model is the appropriate income recognition model for HITECH incentive payments. The Company had previously recognized income related to HITECH incentive payments consistent with the consensus position of the AICPA health care industry expert panel. The Company’s conversion to the gain contingency income recognition model for the recognition of HITECH income does not change the Company’s previously reported results of operations for periods ended September 30, 2011. It does, however, change the estimated amount of HITECH income expected to be recognized during the fourth quarter of 2011, which results in a corresponding change to the Company’s previously issued guidance for the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2011.
November 8, 2011
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SRS, the leader in productivity-enhancing EHR technology and services for high-performance physicians, today announced that OrthoArkansas, P.A. has selected the SRS certified EHR for its 33 providers. OrthoArkansas is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, and has 3 office locations.
November 3, 2011
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Healthland, America's market leader of healthcare information technology solutions for rural hospitals, today announced that Glacial Ridge Health System (GRHS) has achieved Stage 1 Meaningful Use. GRHS, a 19-bed critical access, trauma hospital based in Glenwood, Minn., is the first hospital in the state to achieve Meaningful Use. After a successful 90-day reporting period of its comprehensive electronic health record (EHR) capabilities, GRHS will now receive funding under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. The healthcare provider will also be honored today by the Regional Extension Center for Health Information Technology (REACH).
October 31, 2011
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