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EHR & EMR

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Recent Headlines

AMA aims to train more medical students on using EHRs

The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced a partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute to get a new clinical learning platform into medical schools, so students can gain experience with electronic health records (EHR) before beginning their residency. 

AMA, Regenstrief Institute launch platform to include EHR training in med schools

In an effort to incorporate electronic health record (EHR) training into medical school curricula, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis have partnered to give medical students the training needed to efficiently interact with the developing technology.

Physicians split time between face-to-face visits, desktop medicine

A study published in Health Affairs, analyzing how physicians spend their time during office visits, found physicians spend equal time seeing patients and engaging in desktop medicine. 

Former St. Joseph CIO: EHRs ‘not even remotely’ making effective use of data

You can count Michael Marino, DO, MBA, chief of information security (IS) operations and clinical systems at St. Joseph Health, among the critics on what health IT vendors are offering to hospitals and health systems, comparing them to using old flip phones that debuted in the late 1990s. 

4 measures of EHR, clinical documentation effectiveness

Electronic health records (EHRs) have become an integral part of the healthcare system, but how do clinicians view this technology?  In a study conducted by Nuance, researchers analyze multiple factors in how clinicians view and use EHRs in everyday care.

Q&A: HIMSS17 speaker Kshitij Saxena on implementing system-wide upgrades

Introducing new technology into a clinical environment is never simple, but as Kshitij Saxena, MD, has proven, open lines of communication and a collective passion for improvement can guide a health system through a sea of change.

EMRs improve mental healthcare in more ways than one

Electronic medical records (EMR) is the standard in patient data for many hospitals, but the impact is less well understood in mental healthcare. A study, published in Journal of Medical Internet Research: Medical Informatics, examines the effects of electronic records on patient outcomes in a mental healthcare facility.

Study aims to identify, reduce inconsistencies in EMR

Patient survey data contradicting electronic medical records (EMR) shows a potential path to errors and problematic care. A study, published in JAMA Ophthalmology, examines the inconsistency of eye symptoms reported in a patient survey versus EMRs.

ONC announces winners of consumer, provider app challenges

The HHS's Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced the winners in the Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge and the Provider User Experience Challenge.

Q&A: AristaMD's Cofinas on bringing specialists, patients together

Trying to visits a specialist is hard not only on the patient, but the practicing physician. The interruption of workflow and long waits to just hear back from a specialist put stress on patient and physician. 

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