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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The uptake of healthcare information technology, especially EHRs, has been rapid, but how to measure the value?
January 28, 2015
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Real patient engagement is far more than patient portals and technology pushing. It's about changing behavior, both on the patient and provider end. That's not something all doctors do well.
January 28, 2015
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In just six months, the number of data sources sharing information through the Georgia Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange has grown by 450 percent.
January 27, 2015
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Huron Consulting Group, a public company that offers healthcare consulting on IT, strategy and more, is poised to acquire Studer Group, which focuses on helping providers improve clinical and financial outcomes.
January 27, 2015
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University Medical Center, in Lubbock, Texas, has signed Cerner to a decade-long deal to expand and enhance its existing Cerner electronic health record system.
January 26, 2015
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While Stage 2 meaningful use's infamous 5 percent view/download/transmit threshold continues to vex many providers, it's "cultural" roadblocks that have prevented some organizations from fully embracing the promise of patient access.
January 26, 2015
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is launching a pilot that gives patients unprecedented input to their electronic health records.
January 26, 2015
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Electronic health records don't just enable better care; they also make it a heck of a lot easier to catch employees who inappropriately view patients' protected health information.
January 26, 2015
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Medicare is giving bonuses to a majority of hospitals that it graded on quality, but many of those rewards will be wiped out by penalties the government has issued for other shortcomings.
January 26, 2015
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After 350 giant steps, Kaiser has reached the pinnacle of HIMSS Analytics' Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model.
January 26, 2015
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Patient safety demands that certified electronic health records enable unique device identification, says a group of providers led by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
January 23, 2015
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The University of Virginia Health System is putting its EpicCare electronic medical record to work on a pilot designed to speed patients' access to specialists.
January 23, 2015
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Your inpatient EHR should not be one of the challenges you face as you prepare for Meaningful Use Stages 2 and 3. We invite you to download the MEDHOST Meaningful Use Tip Sheet to gauge whether your EHR is ready for Stage 2. Don't jeopardize your attestation plans and risk losing the financial and clinical rewards of Meaningful Use. Find out if your EHR is a 2014 Edition Complete EHR, certified by ONC.
March 12, 2014
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For health insurers, data integrity and visibility are key to successful integration with the Federal Marketplace. However, complex processes and trivial errors can lead to data gaps that impact revenue, profitability and member satisfaction. Adopting a standarized approach to data integrity early in the process is critical to succesfully adapting to the technologies and processes of the Affordable Care Act.
March 11, 2014
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If you think translation from one billing code set to the other will be all you need for the transition to ICD-10, think again. Read the paper that will help you understand the drastic difference in solutions being offered for ICD-10, and get the list of questions you should be asking your existing vendors now before it's too late. It will make you think twice about how prepared you are for ICD-10.
March 3, 2014
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Due to rapid technological and legislative changes, the data collection associated with providing healthcare has increased dramatically. As the volume of patient data increases, so does the complexity of the interfaces among medical devices, hospital information systems, and the electronic health record (EHR). Philips InteliBridge Enterprise (IBE) provides a single point of contact between the EHR and Philips clinical solutions. This reduces the number and cost of point-to-point interfaces, and offers workflow efficiencies to help you improve the quality of patient care.
January 2, 2014
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Connecting patient health data across the care continuum is essential to achieve improved care, increased access to personal health records and lowered costs. A successful approach rests in having the hospital serve as the connectivity hub for bringing patients, care givers and healthcare professionals together in a secure, online environment. Click here to see what keys are needed to craft a community through your patient portal.
December 17, 2013
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The goal of healthcare reform is to deliver high-quality care and improve clinical outcomes in a cost-effective way. To achieve this goal, the U.S. healthcare system must focus on providing care that covers the entire continuum – from acute-care and ambulatory facilities to the home and the community. Providing connected care in an ecosystem that essentially reaches across myriad enterprises requires leveraging health information technology systems, such as electronic health records, and interoperability of those systems in order for all relevant caregivers to share patient information in real time and make the most appropriate clinical decisions. In this white paper, featuring results from a HIMSS Media survey, you'll learn how to leverage healthcare IT tro achieve connected care and healthcare reform.
December 2, 2013
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Learn the emerging trends within the second-generation electronic health record (EHR) buyer market. “What You Need to Know in Replacing an EHR” identifies why organizations are replacing their systems and offers considerations for when and how to replace an existing electronic medical record system, including best practices for evaluating and selecting a trusted EHR partner.
November 27, 2013
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Beyond meeting meaningful use criteria healthcare organizations are seeking to validate their EHR deployments in terms of ROI and outcomes. While studies over time will likely confirm the positive impact EHRs have on improving quality of care, healthcare providers must justify their technology investments today as the industry continues its rapid transformation under healthcare reform. Healthcare providers can enhance their EHR deployment by leveraging mobile technology. Given the ubiquity of mobile technology among consumers and clinicians, integrating clinical mobility into EHRs can deliver immediate and tangible benefits. Read this report to gain insight on the perspectives of your peers, including COO of Pediatric Associates, president of Methodist Hospital for Surgery, associate CMIO of Cleveland Clinic and more.
November 27, 2013
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Iron Mountain has prepared this primer to help you navigate the changes in HIPAA, clarify the role of vendors and other third parties, and heighten your awareness of best practices that will aid in compliance and improve the management of both paper and electronic health records.
October 21, 2013
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From the Healthcare IT News report, “Driving Value Across Your Enterprise. Document Management: A Core IT System,” this case study reveals how Allina Hospitals & Clinics makes good on its philosophy of “One Patient, One Record.” Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Allina’s not-for-profit network of 11 hospitals, 80 community- and hospital-based clinics and other healthcare services provides care throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Through a tandem deployment of enterprise document management and electronic medical records, Allina’s health IT initiatives support patients, providers and research activities and provide a seamless integrated approach toward delivering a positive patient and provider experience.
September 10, 2013
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When information is difficult to securely access, process and share, making sure it reaches the right people at the right time is often difficult. Your EMR, HIS, billing system or ERP don’t handle “unstructured content” well. To manage the paper, faxes, forms, photos, clinical images, etc. that come from devices, patients and referring physicians, healthcare organizations increasingly turn to enterprise content management (ECM). There are five key processes where ECM will have the greatest impact in the shortest amount of time, all while supporting today’s current strategic initiatives, such as Meaningful Use, accountable care organizations, health information exchanges and more.
September 10, 2013
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Patient engagement and electronic HIE are the game changers of Stage 2 meaningful use requirements, which were designed to further expand the meaningful use of certified EHR technology. For patient engagement, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services added two core objectives – providing patients with online access to health information and providing secure messaging between patient and provider. This white paper highlights results from a study conducted by IDR Medical GmbH that surveyed 1,000 U.S.-based patients regarding their attitude toward patient portal technologies. Find out why the results show strong validation for imaging portal demand and need.
August 28, 2013
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It's easy to categorize providers as divided into two camps, one embracing the use of the internet for medical interactions and the other, well, not so enthusiastic.
June 5, 2014
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Last week, I posted the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from CMS that offers flexibility to Meaningful Use attestation in 2014. Since then, I've received hundreds of emails about it from my fellow CIOs across the country. Here's a summary.
May 28, 2014
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Why politics, parity and performance requirements mean behavioral health hospitals should adopt now.
May 13, 2014
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The first quarter of 2014 is over and yet we are still witnessing EHR system vendors asking the government for more time, or to lessen the certification demands, for Stage 2 of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Meaningful Use of EHRs program.
April 14, 2014
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The expansion of EHRs has resulted in healthcare organizations compiling more protected health information than ever before. At the same time, HIEs are facilitating access to that information from provider to provider.
April 3, 2014
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The expansion of EHRs has resulted in healthcare organizations compiling more protected health information than ever before. At the same time, HIEs are facilitating access to that information from provider to provider.
April 3, 2014
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Way back in 2005 when I was still getting started as a blogger and was active in the world of EHR adoption, I wondered about their impact on malpractice rates. So here we are in 2014 and the information is starting to flow.
March 24, 2014
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A new study by the Rand Corporation indicates that, perhaps not surprisingly, many doctors are not quite as enamored of new health IT as advocates would like.
March 7, 2014
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As someone deeply involved in the development of electronic health records for the past 20 years, I leave HIMSS14 with a great sense of pride.
March 3, 2014
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I had a chance to talk with Dr. Luis Saldana about the benefits of "medical scribes," and how the role has evolved and exploded in the age of EHRs.
February 21, 2014
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This week marks a major milestone in our journey towards adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records. As we work toward the secure, private and meaningful exchange of interoperable health information across the continuum of care, the law that made much of this possible turns five.
February 20, 2014
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A new media survey finds widespread use of healthcare analytics, but experts wonder if providers are really sure about the appropriate and necessary uses of it.
February 19, 2014
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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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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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