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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Physicians who achieved the highest adherence levels for key quality measures by successfully closing gaps in care when treating UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage members, together earned more than $54 million in bonus payments.
July 20, 2015
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A new study from AHRQ examines "sociotechnical factors and the role they play in mitigating or augmenting health IT’s impacts on workflow." The effect on outpatient settings is not always a good one.
July 16, 2015
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The healthcare industry can be prone to overuse -- and sometimes misuse -- of buzzwords and acronyms. From "population health management" to "interoperability," it's worth unpacking what these terms really mean.
July 16, 2015
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Healthcare IT company NextGen Healthcare Information Systems has connected to the Mass HIway, marking the opening of a new secure electronic communication channel for healthcare providers in Massachusetts.
July 14, 2015
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Maybe a "doctor knows best" attitude worked in Dr. Marcus Welby's day, but today we mere patients have vast resources available to us at our fingertips and can quickly gain a basic understanding of our medical conditions and treatment options.
July 14, 2015
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Since Hippocrates first brandished a pair of bronze forceps, physicians have aimed for quality care. Now, the move toward value-based reimbursement means quality improvement is an imperative. Proper use of CDS is essential to getting there.
July 14, 2015
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Healthcare IT giant Epic is working on a clinical decision tool aimed at helping healthcare providers reduce the risk of falls in unsteady patients. The technology is expected to be ready and available to Epic's EHR clients by year's end.
July 13, 2015
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Whether it's leading CIOs and CMIOs offering their perspectives on burning industry issues or speaker and event highlights from HIMSS15, Healthcare IT News' video coverage offers something for everyone.
July 13, 2015
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The usual suspects are on the list, such as Intermountain, Kaiser Permanente. And so are some perhaps lesser-known institutions, such as the Grundy County Memorial Hospital in Iowa. Who will win?
July 10, 2015
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Health data security and patient engagement are the top concerns for the nation's IT-savvy hospitals, according to results of the 17th annual Health Care's Most Wired survey, released today by the American Hospital Association and CHIME.
July 9, 2015
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The Defense Health Agency has picked Cerner to replace the Military Health System's anatomic pathology laboratory information system. The deal is separate from the big $11 billion Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization contract that will be announced this summer.
July 8, 2015
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Frank Richards has helmed Geisinger Health System's technology operations for 15 years -- and has been an employee of the care delivery pioneer for nearly four decades. We spoke to him about his views on the current and future state of healthcare IT.
July 8, 2015
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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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In this webinar you will learn how Sutter Health pioneered the integration between Epic EMR and RightFax. Brett Reed, Sr. Engineer at Sutter Health, will review the Epic and RightFax integration and how RightFax streamlined their outbound faxing needs by moving to a fax server.
April 9, 2013
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Molina Healthcare providers managed healthcare services for over 4.3 million people in 16 states. Rajendra Kadam, IT Director at Molina Healthcare,will review the process of doctor authorizations at Monila and the improved efficiencies in implementing a fax server.
April 9, 2013
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In this webinar you will learn about the healthcare information exchange and how fax plays a vital role in all healthcare organizations. Greg Horton, Program Development at OpenText, will review how suppliers, providers, payers and pharmacy organizations implement RightFax in order to keep documents secure and costs down while remaining compliant.
April 9, 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.
April 2, 2013
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For provider organizations, tools that drive improved performance of legacy clinical applications as well as improve security and create efficiencies in the management of client computing are increasingly becoming critical for healthcare organizations. Desktop virtualization technology is increasingly being used by providers to realize these advantages.
March 13, 2013
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Agility is central to delivering excellence in patient care. However, healthcare organizations have entered a new era of scale in which the amount of data captured, processed, and stored is breaking down every architectural construct in the storage industry. NetApp delivers innovative technologies and capabilities for an agile data infrastructure that address the challenges of big data scale, enabling healthcare providers to gain insight into massive datasets, move data quickly, and store important content for long periods of time.
March 13, 2013
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Atlantic Health System is leading the way in connecting healthcare providers with one another and with patients to help improve care coordination and patient engagement. Increasing levels of clinical connectivity in parallel with improved financial connectivity are driving better care and better financial outcomes. Read Atlantic Health’s story to learn about the incremental steps taken to establish the Jersey Health Connect HIO and about revenue cycle process improvements to improve financial performance via a relationship with RelayHealth.
February 27, 2013
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Now more than ever before, physicians use mobile technologies such as tablets and smartphones within their practice to bolster patient care, improve productivity, access EMRs and conduct video patient consultations. 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 successfully solved their bandwidth challenges with a high-performance, HIPAA-compliant wireless connectivity solutions quickly, easily and cost-effectively.
February 27, 2013
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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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Doctors, patients and insurance companies don’t agree on much. But ask them what they think of call centers, and you can rest assured you’ll get complaints from every quarter.
July 8, 2014
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Without a doubt, the death of American veterans as a result of the VA waitlist debacle is tragic and unacceptable. The Obama administration must move quickly and deliberately to fix the underlying problems and restore faith in the agency.
July 1, 2014
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These are very interesting times for the EHR vendors. EHR systems have undergone a dramatic change over the last 10 years and the pace of change has actually accelerated over the past five years, especially in the backdrop of meaningful use deadlines.
June 26, 2014
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Apple recently announced that iOS 8 would have a built-in app to collect all of your health info in one place. I saw all kinds of opinion pieces published. I let the dust settle, processed all of this, and came up with the following reflections.
June 24, 2014
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As the person responsible for the management of the hosted electronic health record and practice management system for 200 private and employed providers affiliated with a health system in Massachusetts, I couldn't believe it when I saw new CMS proposed rule modifying the EHR Incentive Program.
June 12, 2014
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Over the last few weeks, access to VA healthcare for veterans has been all over the news. At the same time, the DoD is moving to procure a replacement EHR system.
June 10, 2014
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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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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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