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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Healthcare providers and IT vendors just got a dose of welcome relief from the increasingly controversial certification pieces of meaningful use.
May 21, 2014
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Things are starting to look up for small and midsized practices facing a barrage of federal regulations threatening to drive them toward acquisition, big bank loans or, even worse, extinction.
May 20, 2014
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Federally qualified health centers are now adopting health information technology at higher rates than office-based physicians, according to a new report, but FQHCs' concerns over addressing rising demand with persisting staff shortages remain top of mind.
May 20, 2014
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Health system pharmacists are playing a greater role in the decision-making process when it comes to the implementation of electronic health records in both hospital and ambulatory settings.
May 20, 2014
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The way John Berneike, MD, sees it, being an early adopter of electronic health records has put him in line for unintended punishment under Stage 2 meaningful use.
May 16, 2014
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Barely three weeks after ceasing its working partnership with Allscripts, patient portal developer Medfusion is now suing the EHR giant for breach of contract.
May 16, 2014
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The American National Standards Institute has won a second three-year term as the ONC-Approved Accreditor for the ONC Health Information Technology Certification Program.
May 15, 2014
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It's no easy feat to be the best, even in the healthcare IT space, but one EHR vendor has come out on top, earning the highest scores for client experience and customer satisfaction in the small practice category.
May 14, 2014
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When it comes to the topic of meaningful use, Colin Banas, MD, is driven by fear. And he's far from being the only one.
May 14, 2014
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In a detailed letter sent to both CMS Administrator Marilyn B. Tavenner and National Coordinator Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, the American Medical Association has put forth a long list of ideas to make meaningful use work better for physicians.
May 13, 2014
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Despite many physicians and hospitals now meaningfully using electronic health records, there's still a huge gap when it comes to these providers actually exchanging patient data. That reality has some regional extension centers taking up the work of health information exchange. The funding, however, is often hard to come by.
May 13, 2014
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Care coordination and quality improvement strategies are starting to bear fruit, according to new data from the Department of Health and Human Services, which found a 9 percent drop in hospital acquired conditions in 2011 and 2012.
May 8, 2014
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Now more than ever before, physicians use mobile technologies within their practice to bolster patient care and improve productivity. IT managers are then faced with the challenge of investing in a future-proof infrastructure, capable of handling gigabit capacities in order to avoid network bottlenecks over disparate facilities. Learn how healthcare institutions across the nation are solving their bandwidth challenges while remaining HIPAA compliant and saving money.
May 1, 2012
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About 39% of medical offices in the U.S. have adopted <a href="/directory/electronic-medical-record-emr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EMR</a> technology, according to SK&A. With Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments now available to physician practices and hospitals who make <a href="/directory/meaningful-use" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Meaningful Use</a> of such technology, that number is expected to rise over the next several years. But what about the practices who have not yet embarked on the journey toward EMR implementation? What’s holding them back? And where should they turn for help in managing the transition from paper-based records to electronic systems? Download this white paper to learn more about EMR implementation best practices.
April 18, 2012
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The United States is undergoing a major transformation of its healthcare delivery system, driven by federal health IT investments and healthcare reforms. This content piece features information from a joint presentation at the HIMSS12 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas in February, where Eric Dishman, General Manager of Health Strategy and Solutions at Intel Corporation, and Jason Hwang, MD, executive director of healthcare at the Innosight Institute, presented on the power of “disruptive innovation” to meet the challenges of transforming the U.S. health sector. Download this paper to read examples of how disruption health IT innovation is driving new care models across the globe.
March 29, 2012
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The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services announced in February 2012 that nearly 2,000 hospitals received incentive payments under the CMMS’ <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHR</a> Incentive Programs. In addition, 85 percent of hospitals now report that by 2015 they intend to take advantage of the incentive payments. With the competitive inpatient market moving toward critical mass, many hospitals face the challenge of meeting Stage 1 MU criteria. Forward-thinking hospitals and health systems are approaching patient education beyond checking a box on their way to qualifying for incentive payments. Learn how Ochsner Health System now provides consistent patient education materials based on evidence-based medicine to its clinicians across its seven hospitals and 40 clinics.
March 22, 2012
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Software AG, a leading provider of Business Process Excellence (BPE) solutions, is helping build the “hospital of the future” for Nemours, an internationally-recognized children’s health system. The full-service Nemours Children’s Hospital (NCH) in Orlando will feature state-of-the-art systems for its clinical, facilities, maintenance and other supporting functions, all working together and unified via Software AG technology to create a “smart building” that ensures a comforting, customized experience for young patients and their families.
March 19, 2012
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In just a few short years, the health information exchange (HIE) market has grown exponentially and continues to expand in terms of number of initiatives, scope of services provided and technology offerings. When the nonprofit, community-based Central Florida Regional Health Information Organization(CFRHIO) was formed in 2003, its leaders focused on improving the quality of healthcare across the seven counties it serves. Read this white paper to learn how CFRHIO built a repository platform that collects data from numerous clinical providers into a central database, which participating providers can access, regardless of where the data came from or where the patient is when the data is retrieved.
March 7, 2012
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Computer technology has become a vital component of patient care in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, but has it also introduced new threats to those patients? Research indicates that computer keyboards can act as reservoirs for microorganisms and bacteria that can be cross-transmitted via the hands of healthcare providers. This free white paper examines the risks associated with these bacterial conditions in keyboards and how they can be overcome.
March 1, 2012
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Inside, industry experts examine how health analytics can drastically improve the current state of health care in the US. By integrating and analyzing the vast amounts of data available, the industry will be better equipped to identify at-risk patients, evaluate potential treatment plans, assess individual physicians’ performance and more.
March 1, 2012
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This paper examines why health care reform is causing a shift to a consumer-driven business model and the role analytics plays in helping organizations make the transformation successfully. Read this white paper to gain insight on how health insurance plans can come out ahead with advanced customer intelligence and engagement strategies.
March 1, 2012
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Driven largely by the Medicare and Medicaid <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHR</a> incentive programs, EHR adoption in the U.S. has been growing exponentially and exceeding federal health officials’ expectations. Although the Dept. of Health and Human Services has delayed the qualification date for Stage 2 <a href="/directory/meaningful-use" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Meaningful Use</a> until 2014, healthcare providers expect more complex <a href="/directory/health-information-exchange-hie" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">HIE</a> to be included. In order to easily and efficiently share patient information with multiple entities, including other EHRs and health information systems, providers, payers and HIEs, healthcare providers will need to capture, manage and make electronically accessible a broader set of clinical data elements. Read this white paper, including Healthcare IT News reader survey responses, to learn how to manage and digitize unstructured documents in order to meet Stage 2 requirements.
February 13, 2012
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At BIDMC, we've already achieved 100% EHR adoption and 90% Meaningful Use attestation among our clinician community. Now that the foundation is laid, I believe our next body of work is to craft the technology and workflow solutions which will be hallmarks of the "post EHR" era.
February 12, 2013
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To put it mildly, the transition to EHRs comes freighted with a whole host of expectations.
February 7, 2013
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The association between mental health and physical health has a long history, yet the two disciplines often are viewed as disparate pieces of patient care. Making this link between a patient’s physical and mental well-being is becoming paramount in terms of streamlining a patient’s medical lifecycle.
February 1, 2013
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Today, as in last year’s New Year blog post, I will share with you a few of the ways in which ONC has interacted with you to meet its mission and mandate over the past year.
January 23, 2013
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What a week! First the disgraced cyclist confession and later the baffling college-football-player-and-his nonexistent-(dead)-girlfriend story, with the RAND report sandwiched somewhere in between. It’s positively a scandal-palooza.
January 23, 2013
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In 2013, healthcare IT will experience these six shifts that have the potential to transform the industry.
January 11, 2013
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A question came up on the Society for Participatory Medicine's e-mail list the other day. Basically, it boiled down to how we would define Patient-centric Health IT.
January 10, 2013
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It's the time of year that many writers reflect on the major events of the past 365 days. I'll let the journalists cover the impact of the election, the epidemic of senseless violence, and the scandals of infidelity. To me, there were 5 major healthcare IT events in 2012 that we need to recognize and celebrate.
January 3, 2013
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Yesterday I talked about where I'd been last year. Today I'm going to cover where I think things are headed in the U.S. (at least for me).
December 20, 2012
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I recently coined a phrase while talking to our senior leadership at Partners HealthCare. I told them that we aspire to bring them “innovations they don’t yet know they need.”
December 18, 2012
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In 2013, I'm focused on 5 major work streams. One component that crosses several of my goals is how electronic documentation should support structured data capture for ICD10 and ACO quality metrics.
December 18, 2012
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The University of Texas at Austin formally launches its Health Information Exchange (HIE) laboratory this week. This laboratory simulates the national, state and local networks that are being developed to electronically exchange medical data. To provide more insights on this initiative, we caught up with Dr. Leanne Field, director of the nine-week Health IT certificate program at The University of Texas at Austin. She was kind enough to participate in the following Q&A.
December 14, 2012
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Healthland, America's market leader of healthcare information technology solutions for rural hospitals, today announced that Kane Community Hospital has achieved Stage 1 Meaningful Use. Kane Community Hospital, an affiliate of UPMC Hamot, is a 31-bed acute care rural hospital based in Kane, Pa. After a successful 90-day reporting period of its comprehensive electronic health record (EHR) capabilities, the hospital will receive funding under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.
September 30, 2011
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The Rothman Institute (RI), the region’s largest orthopaedic practice, based in Philadelphia, PA, is pleased to announce its recent decision to fulfill upcoming meaningful use requirements using a collaborative approach for electronic medical records (EMR). Teaming with SRS and URS (Universal Research Solutions), the RI will introduce a novel concept for its physicians to meet meaningful use requirements most efficiently by introducing the first Orthopaedic-specific, outcome-based EMR solution.
September 27, 2011
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Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of frontline medical products and solutions, today announced it is partnering with Wavelength Information Services, Inc. (Wavelength) to offer its clients a unique service designed to ease the process of selecting and preparing for an electronic health record (EHR) system. Wavelength is a Maryland-based healthcare IT outsourcing and systems integration firm whose comprehensive range of programs and services include system implementation, integration, networking, optimization, project management, programming, custom reporting, education and knowledge transfer expertise. It is a sub-recipient partner of the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP) Regional Extension Centers (REC) system.
September 27, 2011
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4medica, provider of the industry's leading cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) Integrated Electronic Health Record (iEHR(SM)) solution, today announced launching the first version of its 4medica Mobile app for smartphones and tablets to give physicians 24/7 access to up-to-date clinical data whenever and wherever needed. Whether on rounds, at home or working remote, doctors can view critical laboratory, pathology and radiology results, demographics, notes, patient lists and trending data from multiple sources and render informed decisions via the iPhone®, iPad®, BlackBerry® 6+ and Android™ smartphones and tablets.
September 26, 2011
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PHYAURA, LLC has launched its highly anticipated community edition of PHYAURA EHR. PHYAURA EHR community edition is free and open source and allows all healthcare practitioners in the United States to document clinical notes, schedule office visits, and bill for medical services, all without any vendor lock in. PHYAURA has also established a new open source healthcare community to bring professional technology companies and users together for enhanced collaboration.
September 23, 2011
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Health Specialists of Lenawee, P.C. in Tecumseh, Michigan, is the first practice working with the Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption (M-CEITA) to have achieved “meaningful use” of a certified electronic health record (EHR).
September 22, 2011
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BioClinica®, Inc., a global provider of clinical trial management solutions, announced that BioClinica WebSend has been included in more than 90% of its 2011 imaging core lab business signings. WebSend benefits clinical trials by speeding access to clinical imaging data while reducing errors and costs by securely sending medical images over the Internet, rather than using courier services.
September 21, 2011
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Practice Fusion, the fastest growing EMR and healthcare community, today announced over $6 million in additional funding with several new investors, including Western Technology Investment (WTI) and Scott Banister, to further fuel the company's rapid growth. Building on earlier investments led by Founders Fund, Artis Capital Management, Morgenthaler Ventures, Felicis Ventures and Glynn Capital Management, Practice Fusion has passed $36 million in total funding.
September 20, 2011
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ABILITY Network Inc™, the nation’s largest and most secure web-based health network, announced today the introduction of ABILITY AWARE, an innovative software product that identifies fragmented patient medical records or partial medical records on a real-time basis. By enabling caregivers to securely access lists of patients who may have fragmented or incomplete records, patient outcomes can be improved and healthcare system costs reduced.
September 20, 2011
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meridianEMR®, the Livingston, New Jersey-based market leader in Electronic Health Records (EHR) for Urology, announces that its Advanced Monitoring System (AMS) recently detected a security breach and other unusual activities on a practice's meridianEMR server. This instant detection allowed meridianEMR and the Urology practice to respond immediately in protecting patient records. The successful operation of AMS validates the technology leadership position of meridianEMR and highlights the company's commitment to protecting patient data.
September 16, 2011
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The HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association (EHR Association), a collaboration of 42 EHR supplier companies, announced its support this week of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) event to kick-off an important federal initiative to educate and engage consumers in managing their health using health IT, “Putting the ‘I’ in ‘IT’”.
September 15, 2011
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Medsphere Systems Corporation, a pioneer in open-source healthcare enterprise solutions, today announced the generally available (GA) release of the enhanced OpenVista® electronic health record (EHR) platform, which is currently being installed across the Medsphere client base.
September 14, 2011
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