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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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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Healthland, which develops IT for rural and community hospitals, has acquired Rycan, a developer of revenue cycle management technology, for an undisclosed sum.
April 3, 2015
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Banner Health, one of the largest healthcare systems in the country, and health IT giant Cerner have agreed to a multi-year strategic partnership designed to employ health IT and innovation to improve care.
April 3, 2015
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A loose coalition of EHR makers has spent the last several months working on open APIs that could add a whole new level of value to electronic health records platforms.
April 3, 2015
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A report from the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and a sentinel alert from the Joint Commission issued in succession this week hit patient safety hard.
April 2, 2015
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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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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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Cloud-based Microsoft Exchange service features all the mission critical enterprise-class communication and collaboration capabilities of an in-house solution without the unpredictable costs and management headaches. With flexible customization options, healthcare organizations can seamlessly move to a cloud-based solution without compromising security or altering their current encryption approach.
May 23, 2013
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Automated medication administration, electronic health records, computerized physician order entry (CPOE), barcode point-of-care (BPOC) and other automated procedures for improving patient care all rely on accurate input that barcoding can provide. This white paper will explain the role wristbands can play in improving patient safety and freeing nurses and other valuable medical personnel from paperwork and clerical tasks.
May 6, 2013
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Hospitals and health systems have invested significant funds and other resources to meet numerous strategic enterprise initiatives such as ICD-10, Meaningful Use, HIPAA requirements, whether to join or form an ACO, and others. Executives from four major health systems came together for a roundtable discussion on how employing an integrated strategy has helped them overcome challenges and achieve goals. <br> </br> Learn how leading healthcare organizations are:<br> </br> • Educating stakeholders on the ultimate benefits of the initiatives<br> • Adopting methodologies that streamline workflows and reduce costs<br> • Sharing information and promoting best practices across the enterprise<br> • Avoiding initiatives being deployed in silos<br> • Knowing when to partner with trusted organizations to achieve initiatives more rapidly and efficiently<br>
April 30, 2013
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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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From a business standpoint, one of the more interesting phenomena in healthcare is how the ubiquity of IT is enabling companies not traditionally associated with healthcare to take a stab at providing healthcare-oriented services.
February 13, 2014
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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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Notable Solutions, Inc. (NSi), a leading developer of distributed content capture and workflow solutions, today announced that through one of its partners it has been awarded a $3.5 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The DoD will utilize NSi’s AutoStore™ to support enterprise capture capabilities for its Healthcare Artifact and Image Management Solution (HAIMS) project.
October 19, 2011
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ImplementHIT announced today an agreement to provide OptimizeHIT, their patent-pending physician and clinician electronic health records (EHR) software training platform, to CapitalCare Medical Group. All 110 providers and hundreds of clinical and support staff at CapitalCare’s 27 sites will use this online learning software platform to enable EHR clinical adoption and meaningful use. ImplementHIT is the developer of sophisticated, customized education products and services that are driving organization-wide EHR adoption.
October 18, 2011
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Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, today announced Merge RIS v7.0 has received the federal government’s “Meaningful Use” stamp of approval, thus becoming the industry’s only major radiology information system (RIS) with complete electronic health record ambulatory certification.
October 17, 2011
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Shareable Ink®, a leading provider of cloud-based software to aid the transition from paper documentation to electronic health records (EHR), today announced that it has achieved 2011/2012 EHR Modular* ONC-ATCB Certification. The award designates the software as capable of supporting providers with Stage 1 Meaningful Use (MU) measures required to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Shareable Ink was certified as an Ambulatory EHR Module on September 30, 2011 under ICSA Labs' ONC-ATCB Electronic Health Record program and is compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
October 13, 2011
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It's estimated that 75% of all physiological clinical trial data is captured on paper. Clinical Cloud Inc. has found a way to reduce this percentage with electronic source data collection, which forms the core of the clinical trial process.
October 13, 2011
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Cardiology Associates of North Mississippi (CANM) located in Tupelo, MS, uses White Plume Technologies to fill the EMR gap in their practice between Centricity’s electronic medical record (EMR)/electronic health record (EHR) and Athena’s practice management system (PM system).
October 13, 2011
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Practice Fusion, the fastest growing EMR community in the US, today announced that their second annual free conference, Connect 2011, is sold out. Held at the Masonic Center in San Francisco on November 11, 2011, the event will feature keynote speakers including Ryan Howard, Peter Thiel, Alan Cooper and Daniel Kraft, MD. Farzad Mostashari, MD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology with the Department of Health and Human Services, will be speaking via live teleconference.
October 11, 2011
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St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced the launch of its Merlin.net® Patient Care Network (PCN) version 5.0. This update features enhancements to the Internet-based repository of patient and implantable device data that provide physicians easier access to important alerts and improve efficiency of data transmission to electronic health records (EHR).
October 10, 2011
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T-System, Inc. will demonstrate how going electronic can be both an easy and efficient way to document patient care in the emergency department (ED) at this week's American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) 2011 Scientific Assembly in San Francisco. To showcase the usability and intuitive design of its solutions, T-System will host a "virtual" ED at booth #1502. Booth visitors will be able to visualize the solutions' use in a real patient care setting and walk up and try the solutions for themselves.
October 10, 2011
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ACOM Health, a market leader in Chiropractic EHR systems, today announced that it has four additional chiropractors who have now achieved meaningful use by using RAPID Complete EHR certified software. Furthermore, there are another 150 chiropractors who have installed the EHR software before the October 1st deadline and are now in position to qualify for the stimulus in 2011, receiving as much as $6 Million over the term of the incentive program. This is a great milestone that puts ACOM Health in a very unique position as the market leader and way ahead of most of the competitive products in the Chiropractic space.
October 5, 2011
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