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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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