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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Sue Schade, chief information officer at University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, has been named the 2014 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year, an award given each year by CHIME and HIMSS.
January 6, 2015
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A new survey of physicians by Healthcare IT News' sister site finds that 55 percent of them won't attest to Stage 2 meaningful use this year. It's "almost impossible" says one specialist polled by Medical Practice Insider.
January 6, 2015
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The potential cost of breaches for the healthcare industry could be as much as $5.6 billion annually, according to a new report from Experian, a global information services firm. The report is Experian's second annual data breach forecast across industries.
December 29, 2014
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Retained, executive search firm, SSi-SEARCH, reveals new findings in its 2014 annual CIO survey results, designed to capture insights on how the CIO role is evolving. Among the findings: A growing workload and continued rapid change.
December 29, 2014
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It was, as always, an eventful year for the health information technology industry, everywhere from hospitals to physician practices, vendor headquarters to the halls of Congress. 2014 was marked by big stories about ICD-10, privacy and security, patient safety, interoperability and more. We spotlight some of them here.
December 26, 2014
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A recent study led by the Regenstrief Institute raises interesting questions about patient health data: who controls it, who sees it in the electronic health record and how it should be shared across the care continuum.
December 22, 2014
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A physicians network in the Mid-Atlantic has been awarded the highest level of electronic medical record adoption, joining the only 6 percent of all ambulatory clinics that have achieved this status.
December 22, 2014
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Researchers from Kaiser Permanente and Weill Cornell Medical College have pointed to the importance of tracking the effectiveness and safety of medical devices in registries, after they're in use. Few EHRs can uniquely identify devices and link them to patient outcome data, but registries can.
December 19, 2014
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In 2012, ARcare undertook a fast-paced transition to a next-generation electronic health record system. Less than two years later, it was nationally recognized, receiving HIMSS Analytics' Stage 7 Ambulatory Award, the highest HIMSS honor for EHR adoption.
December 18, 2014
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Stage 2 meaningful use attestations have shown an uptick, but many providers still struggle. With the Flex-IT Act gaining traction in the House, Rep. Renee Ellmers and 28 fellow members of Congress have again called on HHS for a shorter reporting period. The AMA, meanwhile, is "appalled" that more than half of eligible providers will face penalties in 2015.
December 18, 2014
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Could younger patients be the key to achieving Stage 2 meaningful use patient access requirements? A new report finds strong desire for online medical records among the 18- to 34-year-old generation, with 43 percent of millennials saying they want to access their portals via smartphone.
December 17, 2014
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HIMSS Analytics has awarded Cleveland Clinic Health System with its Stage 7 Ambulatory Award, lauding the health system's outpatient settings for using patient-generated data to improve outcomes, and for lowering costs by avoiding unnecessary tests.
December 16, 2014
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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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Structured and unstructured information are valuable assets that allow companies to make informed business decisions. As a common practice, companies have adopted back office systems and CRM as part of their IT infrastructure to address structured information that’s commonly found in databases. While CRM lays the foundation for the IT infrastructure it does not address the unstructured data that can be found between core systems.
June 22, 2012
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Adoption and training are inextricably linked—your community hospital can only achieve the level of adoption you need with effective training. In our latest white paper on clinical system adoption, we address the 10 Keys for Training Success.
May 1, 2012
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Open an electronic healthcare record and click on a field. What happens? Underneath the covers of your EHR application, a lot is going on.
September 11, 2013
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In the Boston marketplace, Partners Healthcare is is replacing 30 years of self developed software with Epic. Boston Medical Center is replacing Eclipsys (Allscripts) with Epic.
July 30, 2013
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The word ‘innovation’ gets bandied about with such frequency in healthcare analyses these days, you’d think it had some kind of magic transformational power.
July 23, 2013
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Despite many healthcare organizations employing patient portals, the portal remains an underutilized resource. This low rate of adoption may stem, at least in part, from first-generation solutions developed in years past that offer little more than a website for patients and providers to communicate.
July 16, 2013
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File sharing happens frequently throughout the day. Nurses, technicians, physicians, medical records departments, transcriptionists and insurance companies all have their hands in a complex workflow revolving around patient care.
July 15, 2013
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“Accountable” is one of the most popular buzzwords in healthcare today. Whether an organization is striving to become an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) or pursuing a less formal approach to delivering necessary, efficient and effective care, the term frequently comes up in today’s organizational strategy discussions.
July 15, 2013
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After a glance at the state of the electronic health record industry, it’s clear that it’s not 2009 anymore. Companies are being acquired, going out of business, facing lawsuits from users and even the major vendors are reporting sales losses that would have been unheard of just two years ago.
July 3, 2013
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There has been some buzz lately about how interoperability is a non-issue. I beg to differ. With increasing pressure from federal initiatives like Meaningful Use Stage 2, there is growing need for information exchange across the industry.
June 13, 2013
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It’s growing. And growing. And growing. And now, as states are forming their own HIEs and more ACOs are in development, the amount of healthcare data that’s being generated truly boggles the mind.
June 11, 2013
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Last week I spent a half day in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. I was joined by at least 50 others, including patients, health IT vendors, healthcare providers, and quite a number of federal agency staffers, as we talked about the next steps for providing patients with access to their data.
June 11, 2013
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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s long-awaited (in health IT circles, anyway) decision on the Department of Defense’s core health IT system has been made. The VA’s VistA system is out as the preferred DoD. Unless it’s not.
June 6, 2013
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The vision, as described by Amit Singhal, who is in charge of search for Google, is that instead of typing words into a box, we will have conversations with Google, enabling a much more personalized experience. If you apply this thinking to healthcare, several controversies/topics come to the fore.
May 24, 2013
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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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Practice Fusion now represents the largest community of US doctors working towards Meaningful Use attestation in 2011. With the release of certified features to the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system on Monday night, every user on Practice Fusion’s free web-based EHR today has the tools needed to immediately begin Meaningful Use and earn up to $18,000 in 2011.
September 13, 2011
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Rutland Regional Medical Center, a leading healthcare provider that serves as the go-to treatment center for Vermont's best ski areas, is driving innovation in biomedicine and provider integration with the Aruba Networks (NASDAQ:ARUN) Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture.
September 12, 2011
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Patients can do many things in the waiting rooms at the 37 offices of ENT and Allergy Associates ®, LLP. But filling out paperwork and long waits to see their doctor may no longer be part of their visit.
September 12, 2011
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There often comes a time when IT's forward march brings a medical practice to a crossroads, a fork in the road where both directions lead to the same destination though not equally efficiently or cost effectively. Such was the case for Flower Mound Dermatology, an 11-employee suburban Dallas practice whose administrators seven years ago recognized the importance of adding Electronic Medical Records (EMR) capabilities to its existing UNIX-based Practice Management (PM) system.
September 9, 2011
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Patient Access Solutions, Inc. (Pink Sheets: PASO), a leading provider of information technology solutions for the healthcare industry is pleased to announce its EMR management & support solution has been engaged and is being deployed with a Florida based hospital group.
September 9, 2011
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HIMSS Analytics announced the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children received its Stage 7 Award. The award represents attainment of the highest level on the EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM), which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.
September 8, 2011
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Medidata Solutions (NASDAQ: MDSO), a leading global provider of SaaS-based clinical development solutions, today announced that the Chiba University Hospital Clinical Research Center (CCRC), one of Japan’s leading clinical research institutions, has chosen Medidata Rave® as its electronic data capture (EDC) and clinical data management (CDM) solution. Designated as one of the top 10 core research centers in Japan by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW), the CCRC will start using Rave this year for investigator-initiated clinical trials.
September 8, 2011
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NaviNet, America's largest real-time healthcare communications network, announced today that it has signed more than 1,000 providers to the comprehensive NaviNet PM (Practice Management) and NaviNet EMR (Electronic Medical Records) in the first three months since general availability. NaviNet PM enables provider practices to manage patient information efficiently and effectively, while NaviNet EMR delivers physician practices electronic health record functionality and helps them to achieve Meaningful Use quickly and painlessly. The linked integration of these solutions into NaviNet Insurer Connect is a patient-centric strategy that empowers healthcare professionals to deliver better patient satisfaction, enhance claims collections, and lower the costs of high-quality care delivery.
September 7, 2011
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MED3OOO, a national leader in healthcare management and technology products and services, recently announced that PriMed, LLC, will implement MED3OOO's InteGreat Electronic Health Records (EHR) throughout its 28 locations and over 75 providers in Fairfield County, Conn.
September 2, 2011
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NextGen Healthcare Information Systems announced today that Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital (MJMH) has selected NextGen(R) Inpatient Clinicals and NextGen(R) Inpatient Financials as key components of its transition to an automated healthcare information technology platform.
August 23, 2011
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Hamilton General Hospital, located in Hamilton, Texas, has met Stage 1 meaningful use criteria for Medicare and Medicaid with the certified electronic health record (EHR) from Healthcare Management Systems Inc.(HMS).
August 11, 2011
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