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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Who knew that Walt Disney World had a chief physician? Well, the famed theme park does, and some HIMSS14 attendees got to meet him Tuesday afternoon.
February 26, 2014
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Keith Hepp, chief financial officer of Cincinnati-based HealthBridge, has a favorite quote from Mark Twain: "He said that when the world ends, he wants to be in Cincinnati -- because everything happens seven years later there."
February 26, 2014
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New this year at the 2014 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, YourTurn has a democratic spirit. The slate of discussions on Tuesday -- from patient ID to EHR usability to telemedicine -- was drawn from ideas submitted by conference attendees.
February 25, 2014
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HIMSS Analytics launched its Continuity of Care Maturity Model Tuesday morning at HIMSS14. The seven-stage global model tracks the integration, coordination, sharing and usage of information between providers, government, individuals and others.
February 25, 2014
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Wouldn't it be advantageous to determine what opportunities ICD-10 will present and what risks can be mitigated today?
February 23, 2014
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At its all-member meeting on Sunday, the EHR Association recognized 17 health IT companies that have adopted the EHR Developer Code of Conduct. The Code was developed by the association and introduced in June 2013.
February 23, 2014
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Friday issued proposals for the 2015 edition of electronic health record certification criteria.
February 21, 2014
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Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Va., has identified 8,500 patients at risk for developing heart failure in a pilot project designed to lead to early intervention. The pilot was completed in collaboration with IBM and Epic, using predictive modeling of data in Carilion's Epic EMR.
February 20, 2014
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In a bid to bring more "timely, accurate data" into electronic health records, integration specialists Iatric Systems and diagnostic device maker Welch Allyn are partnering to automate the delivery of vital signs directly to a patient's EHR.
February 19, 2014
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IT security is complicated, made even more so by the dynamic nature of technology and the ever challenging threat landscape. It may be best to think of IT security as a chronic illness, a condition that requires ongoing treatment, testing, and re-evaluations.
February 19, 2014
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A proposed bill that aims to reduce regulatory burden in healthcare IT is drawing backlash from mHealth advocates who feel it may endanger lives and decimate the industry. Sponsors say the bill would prioritize the FDA's attention to technologies that pose the greatest health risk, rather than giving the agency broad authority over "low-risk health IT."
February 18, 2014
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Federal, state and local governments have long used tax deductions and credits as policy tools to direct individual and organizational behavior. We take it for granted that incentives work -- the debates on government incentives tend to cluster around their ethical use or the economics involved.
February 18, 2014
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Meaningful Use Stage 2: A handbook for providers discusses the changes in Stage 2 following the release of the final rules. This report focuses on what providers should expect, technology challenges and business opportunities in Stage 2 criteria, and key enterprise strategies for Stage 2 initiatives.
October 29, 2012
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In healthcare, IT systems management is not simply a matter of process efficiency and cost savings—it could be a matter of life or death for patients. Faced with regulatory requirements, widely dispersed facilities, demands for <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">electronic health records</a> (EHRs), and increasingly more and more mobile devices for providers, healthcare IT managers are forced to streamline systems management as budgets and headcount shrink.
October 25, 2012
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Electronic locks and latches provide enhanced security where healthcare facilities need it the most – on the carts and cabinets that house valuable medical supplies and patient information. Electronic locks provide secure locking and audit trail capabilities that can help healthcare IT managers comply with industry regulations such as HIPAA and <a href="/directory/health-information-technology-economic-and-clinical-health-hitech-act" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">HITECH</a>. This white paper explores opportunities for improved physical security in the healthcare environment and reviews electronic access solutions available to equipment manufacturers.
October 16, 2012
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Hospitals and medical offices are busy places. Ever wonder how easy it would be for someone to walk out with an office laptop or mobile device? Not only do patients expect confidentiality of their medical records but government regulations like HIPAA demand it. The theft of laptops, computers and mobile devices is a common cause of data breaches and physical security is a highly effective first line of defense.
October 8, 2012
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By taking a comprehensive approach to systems management, healthcare providers’ IT departments can significantly reduce the amount of time required to perform routine maintenance tasks, therefore improving productivity. These time savings allow IT departments to shift staff to more value added activities that help support the business and reachstrategic goals.
September 19, 2012
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This white paper provides a brief overview of HIPAA regulations and how healthcare organizations are using technology to assist with compliance. Many traditional document handling processes do not comply with HIPAA regulations for privacy and security. The whitepaper discusses network faxing, explores advantages for implementing a network fax solution to support HIPAA compliance initiatives and to improve the security and overall efficiency of the document transmission processes.
September 11, 2012
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This white paper summarizes five vital strategies drawn from the experiences of hundreds of successful implementations in community hospitals across the nation--starting with implementation planning and carrying through go-live to ongoing optimization of the EHR. Leaders who follow them will sidestep common pitfalls and maximize use of this culture-changing tool.
September 10, 2012
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Specialty medicine practices rarely employ a dedicated information technology resource. Durham Nephrology is no exception. The Durham practice navigated the uncharted waters of attesting to <a href="/directory/meaningful-use" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Meaningful Use</a> under <a href="/directory/health-information-technology-economic-and-clinical-health-hitech-act" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">the HITECH Act</a> of 2009 without the benefit of an IT expert or outside consultant. They implemented an <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHR</a> system in 2003 and believed that an EHR was the only long-term, effective way to organize patient charts and clinical notes. Read this story to find out this resourceful team achieved their goals--and more.
September 4, 2012
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As doctors and hospitals fight for the lives of their patients, they find themselves drowning in a sea of paperwork. Healthcare workers struggle daily to communicate patient information quickly and securely while complying with numerous insurance policies and industry regulations. Now, with demand from the White House to demonstrate "<a href="/directory/meaningful-use" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">meaningful use</a>", the incentive to invest in communications technology has never been greater. This report by Smith Ivanson explores the top communication challenges Healthcare organizations face today, and why many of them are turning to Fax Servers to send, receive, and store <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHRs</a>.
August 29, 2012
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Every HIM initiative - especially clinical documentation - relies on a single common thread for success: the availability and integrity of the right data to drive the correct decisions and follow-on actions. Capturing accurate, complete quality clinical documentation is the most critical and fundamental component in providing quality care, and ultimately has the biggest connection to generating revenue. This white paper describes the risks associated with the lack of a core HIT strategy; identifies HIT strategies that can help manage the complex clinical documentation challenges associated with ICD-10, RAC and ACOs; and provides an overview of existing and emerging technologies that have significant impact on addressing these challenges.
August 2, 2012
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Every patient has a unique story. Dictated narrative reports have long been the preferred approach. As one doctor put it, “One of the most helpful lessons I’ve learned about being a physician is that we’re story tellers. We’re trying to capture the patient’s full story.” Yet the industry has created a crisis of capture around clinical narrative in the move to EHRs and other electronic clinical systems. Pursuing the legitimate need for structured data, a paradigm of template-based data entry has been pushed at the expense of rich narrative documentation. This white paper reveals how cloud-based speech understanding technology and services convert the physician narrative into a high quality and customized electronic record that improves the quality of clinical data, while accelerating and automating the documentation process.
June 26, 2012
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Structured and unstructured information are valuable assets that allow companies to make informed business decisions. As a common practice, companies have adopted back office systems and CRM as part of their IT infrastructure to address structured information that’s commonly found in databases. While CRM lays the foundation for the IT infrastructure it does not address the unstructured data that can be found between core systems.
June 22, 2012
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As the healthcare environment continues to evolve, many healthcare executives feel the pressure to quickly roll out solutions and applications to support emerging delivery and payment models, as well as meet the unique needs of diverse end users.
April 30, 2013
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In June, BIDMC goes live with Electronic Medication Administration Records (EMAR) on one ward to be followed by 3 other wards, ensuring we meet our 10% Meaningful Use Stage 2 target by the reporting period October 1-December 31, 2013.
April 24, 2013
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Six GOP Senators call for overview of Meaningful Use EHR incentive program was the tweet. It referenced a link which then referred to a report by Senators Thune, Alexander, Roberts, Burr, Coburn and Enzi.
April 18, 2013
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I wanted to learn more about the hurdles smaller, clinic-based physicians are encountering when trying to switch EHR vendors.
April 16, 2013
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I'm quoted in the current issue of Medical Economics, on the subject of the Medicare PQRS: Physician Quality Reporting System. I'm not a big fan of PQRS, since it rewards reporting of process measures, not outcomes, and the amounts at stake have not been enough to move most docs to bother.
April 11, 2013
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I've been hitting the road hard to learn from clients and teammates who are making a real difference in this industry. Their passion for health care is inspirational. Allscripts continues to lead the charge toward our vision of an Open, Connected Community of Health.
April 9, 2013
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While the Annual Conference & Exhibition is HIMSS' signature event, the organization emphasizes the value of health IT in myriad other ways during the year through the framework of education, exhibition, and networking.
April 4, 2013
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Healthcare organizations around the country have been working diligently to implement electronic health record technology and attest for meaningful use -- the federal government’s standards that allow eligible providers and hospitals to earn incentive payments if they meet specific criteria.
April 2, 2013
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Healthcare stakeholders and policymakers are working overtime to build the bridge into the digital future. But is there a risk that bridge may collapse under the weight of expectations?
March 14, 2013
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Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health IT, announced the release of an ONC RFI at HIMSS March 6, entitled "Advancing Interoperability and Health Information Exchange," in order to identify ways in which ONC may accelerate interoperability of EMRs without any additional statutory or regulatory authority.
March 8, 2013
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Last year HIMSS became a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and committed to develop and implement the Healthcare Transformation Project (HTP).
March 6, 2013
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Among the numerous challenges that an ACO model presents, is the need for more sophisticated IT systems that will support distributed care management across a diverse care team that extends from the primary care physician, to the specialists, to the care manager, the patient and others.
February 26, 2013
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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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eClinicalWorks®, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announced that Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians (COPCP), the second largest privately-owned primary care group in the United States, has chosen eClinicalWorks comprehensive electronic health records (EHR) solution for its 230 physicians across 44 practices. Designed to improve communication with access to real-time information, this initiative will aid the group in pursing quality of care initiatives, including meaningful use.
October 31, 2011
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SK&A, A Cegedim Company, a leading provider of healthcare information solutions and research, recently released its updated "Physician Office Usage of Electronic Health Records Software" report, which identified the correlation between office size, number of exam rooms and average daily patient volume with the likelihood of EHR adoption.
October 25, 2011
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