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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As David Blumenthal, MD, sees it, Stage 2 is where the rubber meets the road for the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program -- the government's grand scheme to drag the American healthcare system, kicking and screaming, into the 21st Century. But, is it proving to be just too much for most providers?
July 14, 2014
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The College of American Pathologists, along with the Association of Pathology Chairs and the Association for Pathology Informatics, has launched a new graduate medical education curriculum for clinical informatics.
July 11, 2014
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The EHR Association, which is made up of nearly 40 EHR companies, urged the Office of the National Coordinator and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide the meaningful use final rule ASAP.
July 11, 2014
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If there is one emerging pattern within the clinical informatics field, it is the quest to make data "actionable" for users. However, providers are finding that the data generated often can't be used in a timely and constructive manner.
July 11, 2014
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Brigham and Women's Hospital is working on a half-dozen projects aimed at lowering healthcare costs through the use of big data.
July 10, 2014
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It will either be a passing breeze or the early rumblings of a storm to come. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' revealed the ostensibly shockingly low percentage of hospitals and eligible providers to attest to Stage 2 thus far and, in so doing, insisted that it's "early" and "dangerous" to draw conclusions.
July 10, 2014
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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is adding momentum and new capabilities to its interoperability and population health initiatives.
July 10, 2014
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This year's class of 'Most Wired' hospitals are diving "deeper into data analytics and population health management," according to Hospitals & Health Networks. Here are the 375 hospitals who made the cut.
July 9, 2014
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This year's class of 'Most Wired' hospitals are diving "deeper into data analytics and population health management," according to Hospitals & Health Networks. Here are the 375 hospitals who made the cut.
July 9, 2014
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On paper, it sounds easy. Eligible hospitals that refer patients to another care setting must electronically transmit "a summary of care record for more than 10 percent of such transitions and referrals." One hospital's experience shows it's harder than it might look.
July 9, 2014
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A new study says there's no need to worry about hospitals using their new electronic health records to generate bigger bills and boost their income.
July 9, 2014
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The EHR Association, with its nearly 40 EHR vendor members, largely supports the proposals for regulation of health IT put forth in a draft report from the Food and Drug Administration and other agencies, according to a July 7 letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD.
July 8, 2014
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In January 2010, QualSight - the nation’s largest LASIK manager serving over 75 million health plan members - was informed that a hack attempt had been made against their infrastructure. They were concerned that a repeat occurrence could take place and wanted to take a pro-active role in eliminating any future occurrence. Download this case study to find out how QualSight finally found a solution that offered complete HIPAA compliancy.
November 7, 2012
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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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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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Last year HIMSS became a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and committed to develop and implement the Healthcare Transformation Project (HTP).
March 6, 2013
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Among the numerous challenges that an ACO model presents, is the need for more sophisticated IT systems that will support distributed care management across a diverse care team that extends from the primary care physician, to the specialists, to the care manager, the patient and others.
February 26, 2013
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The Health IT Standards Committee has formed a new workgroup, the Consumer Technology Workgroup (CTWG).
February 22, 2013
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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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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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