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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

HITPC finalizes 4 key recommendations for HIT comparison tool

The co-chairs of the Certified Technology Comparison Task Force presented their recommendations for a national health IT comparison tool during the Jan. 20 Health IT Joint Committees meeting.

athenahealth partners with medical center for inpatient EHR

athenahealth and University of Toledo Medical Center are partnering to develop the vendor's EHR for deployment in the hospital, which will be the largest acute care hospital to use athenahealth's EHR, according to a Fortune report.

Ambulatory EHR market to grow by 30% within five years

The U.S. ambulatory EHR market is expected to grow by 30 percent over the next five years, according to analysis from Frost & Sullivan.

31 providers urge Burwell to rethink MU

A letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell from 31 healthcare organizations addresses concerns about Meaningful Use (MU) and the current state of EHRs.

Basch offers recommendations to 'reconceptualize' MU

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should “completely reconceptualize” the Meaningful Use program, say Peter Basch, MD, FACP, medical director for ambulatory EHR and health IT policy for MedStar Health, and Thomson Kuhn, senior systems architect at the American College of Physicians, writing on the Health Affairs blog.

Cleveland provider earns HIMSS Davies Award

The MetroHealth System of Cleveland, Ohio has been named a 2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient. 

 
CHIME responds to MU announcement

CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell has issued a response to the news from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt that the Meaningful Use (MU) program will come to an end this year.

Slavitt: CMS moving away from MU

With technology in virtually every place that care is provided, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is in the process of ending Meaningful Use and moving to "a new regime culminating with [the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)]," said Andy Slavitt, CMS acting director, speaking at the 34th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco.

AMA launches Silicon Valley company to grow innovation footprint

The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced a $15 million investment to become founding partner of a healthcare innovation company, called Health2047, that will conduct rapid exploration of innovative solutions to the biggest challenges facing the nation’s 1.1 million physicians and the patients they serve.

Nearly 1 in 3 patients say email communication with providers improved their health

According to a new survey published in the American Journal of Managed Care, nearly one-third of patients who sent electronic messages said it improved their health, and more than one-third said it led to less office phone calls and in-person visits.

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