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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.


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EHR-based NYC Macroscope collects population data with chronic disease surveillance

Rates of chronic conditions across populations are key data points in improving people health. While electronic health records (EHRs) are able to offer real-time standardization of health information, chronic disease surveillance is low. A study, published by eGEMs, reports how the New York City (NYC) Macroscope could improve the status quo.

AMA aims to train more medical students on using EHRs

The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced a partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute to get a new clinical learning platform into medical schools, so students can gain experience with electronic health records (EHR) before beginning their residency. 

AMA, Regenstrief Institute launch platform to include EHR training in med schools

In an effort to incorporate electronic health record (EHR) training into medical school curricula, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis have partnered to give medical students the training needed to efficiently interact with the developing technology.

Physicians split time between face-to-face visits, desktop medicine

A study published in Health Affairs, analyzing how physicians spend their time during office visits, found physicians spend equal time seeing patients and engaging in desktop medicine. 

Former St. Joseph CIO: EHRs ‘not even remotely’ making effective use of data

You can count Michael Marino, DO, MBA, chief of information security (IS) operations and clinical systems at St. Joseph Health, among the critics on what health IT vendors are offering to hospitals and health systems, comparing them to using old flip phones that debuted in the late 1990s. 

4 measures of EHR, clinical documentation effectiveness

Electronic health records (EHRs) have become an integral part of the healthcare system, but how do clinicians view this technology?  In a study conducted by Nuance, researchers analyze multiple factors in how clinicians view and use EHRs in everyday care.

Q&A: HIMSS17 speaker Kshitij Saxena on implementing system-wide upgrades

Introducing new technology into a clinical environment is never simple, but as Kshitij Saxena, MD, has proven, open lines of communication and a collective passion for improvement can guide a health system through a sea of change.

EMRs improve mental healthcare in more ways than one

Electronic medical records (EMR) is the standard in patient data for many hospitals, but the impact is less well understood in mental healthcare. A study, published in Journal of Medical Internet Research: Medical Informatics, examines the effects of electronic records on patient outcomes in a mental healthcare facility.

Study aims to identify, reduce inconsistencies in EMR

Patient survey data contradicting electronic medical records (EMR) shows a potential path to errors and problematic care. A study, published in JAMA Ophthalmology, examines the inconsistency of eye symptoms reported in a patient survey versus EMRs.

ONC announces winners of consumer, provider app challenges

The HHS's Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced the winners in the Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge and the Provider User Experience Challenge.