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EHR & EMR

 

Choosing an electronic health record (EHR) vendor can determine a hospital's ability to improve performance based on meaningful use criteria, according to a study published in the Journal of Informatics in Health and Biomedicine.

Electronic medical records (EMRs) have the promise of increasing efficiency, but only 25 percent of healthcare executives agree the technology has helped achieve the growing needs of consumers, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute.

As the number of physician’s offices and hospitals implementing electronic medical records (EMRs) has increased so has the number of EMR-related medical malpractice claims, according to a report conducted by the Doctors Company, a large medical malpractice insurer.

Paper-based records and electronic medical records (EMRs) differ in content, documentation process and structure, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Following the implementation of the electronic health record (EHR) incentivizing Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009, healthcare organizations invested heavily in their EHR systems—but many feel the return on investment (ROI) is underwhelming.

 

Recent Headlines

Allscripts finalizes purchase of McKesson’s health IT business

Allscripts has closed its purchase of McKesson Corporation’s Enterprise Information Solutions (EIS), the hospital and health IT system business. The acquisition, which cost Allscripts $185 million, doubles Allscripts' client base in the United States.

Doximity, Epic integrate to improve patient-provider communication

Doximity, the largest social network for American physicians, has announced a partnership with Epic, the most widely used electronic health record (EHR) system, to provide physicians with the ability to call patients directly and securely through Epic’s mobile EHR.

61% of healthcare professionals rate ROI of EHRs as 'poor,' 'terrible'

Following the implementation of the electronic health record (EHR) incentivizing Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009, healthcare organizations invested heavily in their EHR systems—but many feel the return on investment (ROI) is underwhelming.

EHR alert increases hepatitis C screening in elderly patients

The implementation of an electronic health record (EHR) alert system increased screenings for hepatitis C in geriatric patients, according to a study published in Hepatology.

Primary care physicians spend 52% of day entering EHR data

On average, primary care physicians spend more than half of their 11.4-hour workdays on data entry in electronic health records (EHRs), devoting 5.9 hours to the tasks each day. Findings were explained in a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

Skilled nursing facilities increase utilization of EHRs

Utilization of electronic health records (EHRs) in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) has increased in the past year, according to a report conducted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

81% of hospitals have basic EHR programs; advanced utilization lags

The implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) has occurred in the majority of hospitals but healthcare organizations often do not use the platform for advanced measures to improve outcomes. In a study published in Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, researchers examined the rate of hospitals using advanced EHR functions.

Electronic documentation increases length of stay in ED

The implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) are meant to streamline healthcare organizations with quicker, more efficient documentation. But according to a study published in in Annals of Emergency Medicine, electronic documentation adversely affects the efficiency of emergency departments (ED).

44% of healthcare organizations open 3+ patient records at once

About half of healthcare organizations report opening three or more patient records within electronic health records (EHRs) at a time, increasing the likelihood these files can become infected if the platform is not protected, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Research data gathered via EHRs differ from info from traditional means

Medical researchers are utilizing electronic health records (EHRs) to conduct research on a variety of conditions. A recent study in Circulation evaluated the accuracy of EHR data provided for cardiovascular care traditionally obtained data.

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