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Medical scribes in charge of electronic health record (EHR) documentation could reduce physician burnout and restore joy to practicing, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Researchers have developed a natural language processing (NLP) system capable of measuring the quality of heart failure inpatient care by analyzing data collected from electronic health records (EHRs), according to a study published in JMIR Medical Informatics.

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.

A survey conducted by HealtheLink asked participants on their view of the safety of electronic health records (EHRs)—finding 51 percent of respondents believed EHRs by physicians and hospitals makes healthcare “more safe.”

Although the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) has grown, evidence of how hospitals are using advanced EHR features is lacking. In a study presented at the 2017 American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium, researchers analyzed EHR utilization to assess evidence of digital divides between health systems.


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1 in 4 four healthcare execs believes EMRs have helped meet consumer needs

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.

Medical scribes reduce documentation time by 3.2 minutes per patient encounter

One of the main complaints about electronic medical records (EMRs) from physicians is the time documentation takes away from the patient visit. In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology, researchers evaluate the effect medical scribes have on clinical documentation.

EMR malpractice claims increase over past decade

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 records beat EHRs in quality, quantity

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.

80% of patients believe EMRs improve care

A majority of consumers believe electronic medical records (EMRs) will improve patient care, according to survey conducted by The Physicians Foundation.

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.