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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Health IT-enabled care coordination leaves much to be desired, according to a new survey of clinicians. The survey results were published online in the May/June issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.
July 2, 2015
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In a July 1 letter, to the Senate HELP Committee group working on improving EHRs, CHIME highlights correct patient identification as a critical need for ensuring patient safety.
July 2, 2015
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As the summer dawns, we look back on the first six months of the year, highlighting the biggest stories -- from population health to ICD-10, meaningful use to privacy and security -- that had Healthcare IT News readers clicking, tweeting, liking, sharing and commenting.
July 2, 2015
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The numbers should shake any provider still blissfully ignorant of privacy threats out of their complacency: Two-thirds of health organizations polled by HIMSS for its latest cybersecurity survey say they've recently experienced a "significant security incident."
July 1, 2015
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CVS Health has partnered with four health systems nationwide to provide them patient prescription and visit information, securely sharing data through its Epic electronic health record system.
June 26, 2015
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The 2015 Direct Messaging Survey published this week by HIMSS shows growing use and appreciation for the secure, email-like method of data exchange. But there are still challenges to be ironed out before it sees broader acceptance.
June 25, 2015
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Healtheway, the non-profit organization that supports nationwide interoperability and health information exchange initiatives, announced today that, thanks to the broadening scope of its activities, it is rebranding itself as The Sequoia Project.
June 25, 2015
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As an academic medical center, University of Utah Health Care has some special security challenges unique to an organization of its size and scope. One is the sheer number of passwords that must be managed for its employees.
June 24, 2015
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The CommonWell Health Alliance continues to add new members as it works toward an ambitious goal of expanding its provider footprint to 5,000 sites nationwide by the end of 2015.
June 23, 2015
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For those healthcare providers still resistant to technology, listen up: You're going to be left behind. From the "platform revolution" to the "Internet of me," a new Accenture report sees IT fundamentally reshaping the industry in the years ahead.
June 23, 2015
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Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association this past week, two health IT researchers put forth five use cases that help define what an "open" electronic health record should really look like.
June 22, 2015
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is currently funded to the tune of about $440 million for fiscal year 2015. If the House Appropriations Committee has its way, that funding will vanish in FY16.
June 19, 2015
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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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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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A new media survey finds widespread use of healthcare analytics, but experts wonder if providers are really sure about the appropriate and necessary uses of it.
February 19, 2014
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From a business standpoint, one of the more interesting phenomena in healthcare is how the ubiquity of IT is enabling companies not traditionally associated with healthcare to take a stab at providing healthcare-oriented services.
February 13, 2014
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To insure physicians were paid for services rendered, EHRs were architected to record episodic events with various codes for specific procedures. Sad thing is that today's crop of EHRs do not even do a very good job of that.
February 6, 2014
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I was watching the Super Bowl last night and lost interest after Bruno Mars' very nice halftime concert so I started picking up some "Read it Later" articles I saved late last year; one specifically caught my eye.
February 3, 2014
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Recently I was invited by the Patient Privacy Rights Foundation to lead a discussion that addressed patient privacy concerns and potential solutions for doctors working with EHRs.
January 27, 2014
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We continue to see progress in improving the nation's healthcare system, and a key tool to helping achieve that goal is the increased use of electronic health records by the nation's doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers.
January 20, 2014
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Implementing, institutionalizing and fully leveraging the EMR is a massive undertaking, and with it comes a host of other implications, five of which will drive the following major trends in 2014.
January 16, 2014
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Partners HealthCare believes that patient-generated data is critical to our future and we're managing this integration proactively. That does not mean our work is finished.
January 9, 2014
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Making predictions for the coming year is almost a rite of passage for any self-respecting analyst firm and what the heck, from our vantage point, we may have a slightly better view into the future than most.
December 31, 2013
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Vendor promises were primarily focused on physicians being able to attest for meaningful use and meet patient engagement requirements, but some companies also assured practices that physicians would quickly adopt these systems because they were so easy to use and could easily integrate into practice workflows.
December 30, 2013
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The healthcare system is moving away from fee-for-service models that reward fragmented care toward fee-for-value models that reward a more holistic continuum of care. But many organizations lack the care coordination software to succeed in this new environment.
December 20, 2013
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Following are five things doctors need to know about moving from Stage 1 meaningful use to Stage 2, what it means and how to prepare.
December 20, 2013
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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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Cerner Corporation is working with Major League Soccer (MLS) to provide a comprehensive health management platform that will standardize care for players in the league. The secure electronic platform, called HealtheAthlete(TM), will improve the standard of medical record keeping for injured athletes, as well as ease communication between the athlete's key care providers.
August 9, 2011
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NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, today announced it has entered into an agreement with MEDSEEK to create the NextGen® Enterprise Patient Portal.
August 9, 2011
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Dr. Martin H. Orens, FACEP, a board certified emergency room physician, has developed a new electronic health record (EHR) technology system to solve the issue of patients not being able to access or share medical information with any doctor, laboratory or hospital of their choice. KIS Electronic Health Record (KIS-EHR), is a technologically advanced web-based service that allows patients to manage the accessibility of their health records. Low in cost, KIS-EHR is a secure, comprehensive digitized medical record system that can be accessed at any time, from anywhere.
August 8, 2011
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The Christ Hospital, in partnership with Epic Systems Corporation, has successfully implemented the first-ever interface that captures real-time data from hemodialysis treatments in the Epic Electronic Medical Record (EMR). This added functionality will provide more complete documentation of each patient’s treatment and help caregivers to provide a higher level of individualized care.
August 8, 2011
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MGMA’s Patient Centered Medical Home Study: 2011 Report based on 2011 Data, conducted in April 2011, captured the views of 341 primary care and multispecialty practices nationwide and found that almost 70 percent of respondents were already in the process of transforming or interested in becoming a PCMH while more than 20 percent were accredited or recognized as a PCMH by a national organization. The report is available for free through the MGMA store. MGMA’s study found the majority of practices interested in becoming a PCMH were family medicine (nearly 36 percent), followed closely by multispecialty practices with primary and specialty care (more than 30 percent) and pediatrics (more than 10 percent).
July 21, 2011
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To help healthcare providers of all specialties, their staff and the public to master the intricacies of EHR Alameda Services, a dynamic Health Information Technology (HIT) organization specializes in workforce development and intense Electronic Health Record (EHR) training, today announced the launch and availability of its first e-learning segment that will serve as a powerful Web-based EHR training tool.
July 21, 2011
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Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) has established an Emerging Technology Group to identify and guide the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in health care innovation, announced Richard Alvarez, President and CEO.
July 7, 2011
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UMass Memorial Health Care is aiming to improve and lower the cost of diabetes care using a new approach that allows patients and their care team to better manage their health remotely.
June 28, 2011
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In a recent keynote address at a UNCG-hosted conference, an official from the U.S. Health Information Technology Research Center noted there are 30,000 healthcare organizations in the U.S. planning or implementing a move to Electronic Health Record technology over the near term. And having the right information technology talent is fundamental to their success.
June 28, 2011
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Seven community health centers and federally qualified health centers in central Indiana are now part of the Indiana Health Information Exchange's (IHIE) quality initiative, called the Quality Health First Program. Open Door Health Services, based in Muncie, is the latest participant the program.
June 21, 2011
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CapSite announces the release of the 2011 U.S. Ambulatory Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) Study. The study is the most recent in a series of CapSite strategic industry reports focused on the Ambulatory EHR & PM market.
June 16, 2011
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