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 the Stage 2 meaningful use numbers continue to trickle in -- with only a handful of hospitals attesting thus far -- U.S. hospitals could be in for some serious Medicare penalties this year, new research points out.
August 7, 2014
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported a new batch of meaningful use attestation numbers on Wednesday, showing a modest improvement over the disappointing rates that were reported in July.
August 7, 2014
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M*Modal, which develops voice recognition and clinical documentation technology, has completed its financial restructuring and has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
August 6, 2014
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One of the largest electronic medical record companies recently announced it had inked an agreement to acquire Siemens' health IT business unit, Siemens Health Services, for $1.3 billion in cash.
August 6, 2014
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Premier Inc. on Tuesday announced an agreement to acquire Salt Lake City-based TheraDoc, a Hospira subsidiary that develops clinical surveillance technology, for $117 million in cash.
August 5, 2014
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ONC's electronic health record certification process has some serious shortcomings -- chief among them security practices that are wholly insufficient to adequately protect patient health information, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General.
August 5, 2014
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Healthcare technology is hot stuff, with startups and investors from Silicon Valley to the Charles River chasing after the next paradigm-shifting blockbuster innovation. Each passing quarter sees an ever-increasing tally of eager rounds of funding. But what will be the lasting impact of some of these products?
August 5, 2014
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Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins are joining forces to share information and look for better ways to put electronic health records to work toward better care.
August 4, 2014
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As confusion clouds the lead-up to a long-overdue switchover, AHIMA tackles three of the most persistent and pernicious untruths about ICD-10.
July 31, 2014
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Getting physicians on board with cost cutting measures proves to be one of the healthcare industry's top challenges, one that has become critical as hospitals buy up more physician practices. There's the technology available to help doctors accomplish this, but it often costs a pretty penny. The question then becomes is it worth it economically?
July 30, 2014
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More than 5,000 IT staff from 194 nominated hospitals completed the 79-question online survey. To qualify to be considered a top hospital, at least half the employees in an IT department needed to complete the survey.
July 28, 2014
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Expanding on a partnership announced this past spring, athenahealth and Henry Schein will integrate their respective technologies to better enable community health centers to meet reporting requirements.
July 28, 2014
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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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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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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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The stars seem to be aligned for rapid progress in health information exchange. We are fast approaching a point in the development of the Health Internet where ubiquitous exchange of health data to improve care coordination and health care quality and ultimately lower costs might be possible.
November 27, 2012
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I'm often asked if the use of EHRs diminish clinician-patient interactions in the exam room.
November 21, 2012
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In a time of EHR naysayers, mean-spirited election year politics, and press misinterpretation, it's important that we all send a unified message about our progress on the national priorities we've developed by consensus.
October 31, 2012
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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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Atlanta-based Business Computer Applications, Inc. (BCA) has been awarded an $8 million dollar task order to provide IT and statistical support to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
June 16, 2011
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