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 global e-prescribing market, valued at $250 million in 2013, is expected to grow at a 23.5 percent compound annual rate, reaching an estimated value of $888 million by 2019, according to a recent report.
June 18, 2015
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Frustrated with poor functionality and usability, more and more buyers of electronic health records find themselves having second thoughts and replacing their existing systems, a new report shows.
June 17, 2015
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Several healthcare industry trade organizations are asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to make changes large and small to its proposed rule for meaningful use.
June 17, 2015
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Epic founder Judy Faulkner is one of the latest billionaires to sign on to The Giving Pledge, the initiative launched by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to encourage entrepreneurs to donate more than half of their wealth to charity.
June 15, 2015
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Community health centers in Oregon were able to realize some substantial medication administration improvements after implementing an EMR protocol pioneered by Kaiser Permanente.
June 12, 2015
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Even as a couple of Congressional panels are bent on achieving health IT interoperability, where the industry has not yet been able to, it appears the government itself could use a helping hand on this complex matter -- and many other aspects of IT work.
June 12, 2015
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"We the people want easy, electronic access to our health information." That's the goal of Get My Health Data, the new patient advocacy effort launched by former ONC chief Farzad Mostashari, MD. But what does that mean in practice? Our columnist tries to find out.
June 12, 2015
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"We're here today to announce an intensive review of electronic health records," Sen. Lamar Alexander, chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, announced at the start of a hearing before the panel Wednesday.
June 11, 2015
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A new study from Weill Cornell Medical College, published this week in Health Affairs, points to the emergence of "systematic differences" between physicians who participated in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs and those who didn't.
June 10, 2015
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Horizon Technology Finance has provided a $7.5 million venture loan to Medsphere Systems, developer of the OpenVista EHR.
June 9, 2015
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BUILD Health Challenge, an ambitious countrywide healthcare initiative aimed at boosting health across communities, today awarded grants to 18 groundbreaking projects to improve health in low-income areas.
June 9, 2015
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Accountable care and care continuity are not the same thing, but they have a whole lot in common. And the former pretty much depends on the latter. In Europe, much more than in the U.S., "they're very attuned to continuity of care."
June 9, 2015
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Learn the challenges healthcare organizations have in locking down their HIPAA compliant applications in the cloud. See the latest data breaches and solutions to keeping your ePHI protected in the cloud.
March 25, 2014
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To create truly engaged communities of care, you must do more than implement a patient portal. By elevating your patient portal to a platform, you create a vehicle that connects patients, physicians and all stakeholders across the care continuum. Fortunately, it’s not as difficult (or costly) as you might think. Change the way you think about patient portals.
March 12, 2014
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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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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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Many of you know the story about e-Patient Dave, who started the movement called "Give me my damn data." But the real question is, how many organizations are actually doing it?
September 15, 2014
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Healthcare industry stakeholders have long imagined the improvements enabled by a digital world. Yet despite the widespread optimism, electronic health records have so far failed to transform the healthcare industry.
September 5, 2014
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The big data fad in healthcare is the direct result of a quarter century of hype about electronic medical records, promoted by the health policy elite with the encouragement and financial assistance of the computer industry.
September 4, 2014
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The daunting task of connecting fragmented data is the responsibility of providers and insurance providers after the adoption of EHR systems. How can this process be simplified?
September 4, 2014
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Is healthcare a business? In the United States, the question has been asked time and again but never satisfactorily answered. It's starting to look like Americans won’t be able to duck the question for much longer.
September 3, 2014
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Friday was my one day of summer vacation, enabled by the large number of people taking a long Labor Day weekend. Some things are worth interrupting your vacation.
September 2, 2014
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Clinical Decision Support Systems can inform physicians while improving the rate of preventive services and patient engagement. While some physicians balk at the notion of a machine dictating treatment protocol and health management plans, the primary role of CDSS is informing doctors to make better decisions.
August 29, 2014
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Recently, John Halamka, MD, has given many lectures about SMAC -- social media, mobile, analytics and cloud computing. He finds that the most popular analytics topics are business intelligence, big data, and novel data visualizations.
August 1, 2014
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Although electronic health record adoption is more saturated in hospitals and physician practices, long-term and post-acute care organizations have not been as quick to adopt this technology. But now, forward-thinking LTPACs are shifting their focus toward EHR technology advancement and adoption.
July 31, 2014
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So, why is VistA CPRS the preferred choice? In a word, design. The VA built the system with two design goals: improved patient care and rapid adoptability.
July 24, 2014
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I hear the complaint that implementing an EHR changes their workflow from a lot of physicians and nurses. I also hear that EHR X is no good because it is just an electronic version of their existing paper workflow.
July 21, 2014
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With the right system and a careful, well-considered implementation strategy, healthcare organizations can reap the benefits of a tool that efficiently facilitates comprehensive client care and improved outcomes.
July 14, 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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