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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.

 

Recent Headlines

CMS announces payment adjustments for EHR Incentive Program in FY2017

Hospitals that couldn’t show meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology in their 2015 reporting will have their payments reduced by 75 percent in the next fiscal year, CMS announced.

WellSpan Health adopts EHR system to automate discharges at two more facilities

To make the patient discharging process smoother and faster, WellSpan Health, a York, Pennsylvania-based integrated healthcare system, is adopting new technology from Ensocare in two of its facilities.

Quest Diagnostics develops app for cognitive testing

Testing for cognitive dysfunction has yet to enter the digital age, still clinging to the age of paper. Quest Diagnostics is pushing cognitive testing into a new age with the development of CogniSense, a digital cognitive assessment app that can produce results more efficiently and in a quicker manner when conventional testing.

Q&A: EHR system helps providers diagnose rare diseases

Practice Fusion, a provider of cloud-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) platforms, has developed a new program that is capable of assisting physicians in diagnosing rare diseases.  

MU, MIPS reporting periods would shorten to 90 days under Senate bill

A group of Republican senators, led by South Dakota’s John Thune, have introduced legislation to reduce reporting periods within the EHR Incentive Programs and the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) to 90 days.

Users will soon be able to view health records on iPhones with Apple’s improved Health app

Apple device users will now have a better way to log and document their health with improvements made in iOS 10, the operating system for the tech giant's mobile devices.

Where did the money go? GAO report finds VA at high risk after billions invested in IT

A recent GAO report on VA healthcare found the IT systems to be severally outdated despite the organization spending billions on IT. If they spent billions on IT “improvements," why is the IT system still outdated?  

McKesson hints at sale of EMR business

On the same day McKesson announced most of its health IT unit will be merged into a brand new company, a second announcement says it could also divest itself of its hospital information systems division.

Patients and referrers agree, rad reports via online portals are the future

As patients become more like shoppers, practices will have to give the customers what they want, and in imaging that means online access to radiology reports.

ONC releases new health IT safety reports

Health IT safety isn’t just about protecting electronic health records, said two new reports released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

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