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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Joanne Sunquist knows Epic. As the chief information officer at the four-hospital HealthEast Care System in Minnesota, she's successfully spearheaded the new $135 million Epic electronic medical record implementation within an aggressive 14-month timeline across the hospitals, which went live June 1. The health system's 14 clinics will follow suit by December.
July 1, 2014
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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, which represents more than 1,400 CIOs and IT leaders, is calling on CMS and ONC to make some changes -- and add some flexibility -- to Stage 2 meaningful use.
July 1, 2014
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When an organization experiences a major data breach and puts out a news release, the point is to comfort people that the news isn't as bad as it sounds. But at the same time, it's critical to be precise with language -- lest that organization be compelled to subsequently issue the dreaded, "What we actually meant to say in Monday's statement…" statement.
July 1, 2014
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Both the American Medical Association and the Medical Group Management Association want extra time for eligible professionals to submit for a meaningful use hardship exemption.
June 30, 2014
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Anne Arundel Medical Center has been expanding in recent years, and as part of the challenge of optimizing 49 ambulatory practices as part of its network, the health system has had to integrate IT systems -- including the Epic EHRs used at hospitals and the cloud-based athenahealth technology at many of the practices.
June 27, 2014
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Another group of health IT powerhouses is joining forces to compete with Epic and IBM for the Department of Defense's lucrative $11 billion system modernization contract.
June 26, 2014
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Anyone under the impression that doctors don't like technology in general might be mistaken. Rather, what many share distaste for is meaningful use. That's according to Mari Savickis, assistant director of federal affairs at the American Medical Association.
June 26, 2014
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If you had to guess which three EMR vendors increased their market share in 2013, you'd probably be right. Cerner, Epic and MEDITECH. Slam dunk.
June 26, 2014
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Serving a multi-ethnic patient population that speaks six different languages -- with five different alphabets! -- is just one of the Stage 2 meaningful use challenges for New York Hospital Queens.
June 25, 2014
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Sutter Health executives say its health information exchange will enable doctors and hospitals -- inside and outside its network of care -- to securely share clinical information. The organization sees it as a game changer, one that will boost care coordination and clinical quality across Northern California.
June 25, 2014
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There are many dimensions to the Accountable Care Organization challenge, including the logistics of changing a well-established acute care model, the process of configuring the network, analyzing IT capabilities across the spectrum and determining how all those moving parts will work together.
June 23, 2014
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With $23 billion already spent on incentivizing providers to adopt electronic health records, many in government and industry are wondering whether taxpayers and patients got what they paid for. The heart of the debate: The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, its meaningful use program and interoperable EHRs.
June 23, 2014
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Barcodes, in the healthcare environment, are a patient’s voice. They identify, communicate and connect the patient accurately with his or her records from the moment care begins. Whether it’s at check-in, at the bedside or in the lab, barcodes help protect patients’ safety and reduce medical errors – which can cost your organization millions of dollars. This white paper that discusses how barcodes can be the patient’s voice – and save your organization from costly errors – during patient identification procedures, medication administration at the bedside, as well as in the lab during specimen collection and tracking.
November 1, 2012
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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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A question: What is the opposite of health IT return on investment? The answer: Unintended financial consequences, or UFCs, for short.
May 10, 2013
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Last year, ONC issued a Request for Information (RFI) to gather public input on a potential regulatory approach that would have spelled out “conditions for trusted exchange” (safeguards, technical, and business practice) through rulemaking, and establish a voluntary accreditation and certification process for validating organizations as being legitimate participants in the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN).
May 7, 2013
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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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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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NaviNet, America’s largest real-time healthcare communications network, serving close to 900,000 healthcare professionals, today announced the launch of the NaviNet Doc Xchange program. NaviNet Doc Xchange is an innovative solution that enables providers to send content-agnostic medical documentation electronically to a variety of trading partners, including other provider offices and hospitals, health plans, government organizations, and health information exchanges (HIEs).
October 5, 2011
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DR Systems, one of the most respected names in healthcare information systems, will be exhibiting its MU Imaging EHR -- a complete, cloud-based, imaging-centric ambulatory electronic health record -- at RSNA 2011.
October 5, 2011
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