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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.

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.

 

Recent Headlines

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.

EHR clinical decision support tool IDs kidney disease risk

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have developed an electronic health record (EHR) tool capable of assisting physicians in accurately pinpointing patients at risk for chronic kidney disease.

Researchers ID what patients value about access to visit notes

Electronic health records (EHRs) have become an integral part of U.S. healthcare organizations. Many are now offering patients the ability to review notes taken during their visits by their physicians through secure patient portals. A recent study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, from researchers at OpenNotes and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center showcases exactly what patients value in having the ability to view visit notes.

Physicians spend 30% of office visits multitasking

The widespread implementation of electronic heath records (EHRs) has changed the healthcare environment from a system of paper to one more reliant on digital information. Some physicians, however, feel this change has negatively affected the quality of care. In a recent study, published by JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers evaluated how physician use EHRs during an office visit and how these factors affect patient satisfaction.

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