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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

McKesson shopping around health IT unit worth up to $5B

McKesson Corp. is considering a sale or a merger for its IT unit in an effort to contain costs and refocus on its drug distribution business, reported the Wall Street Journal.

Pontiac General Hospital selects OpenVista healthcare IT platform

Medsphere Systems Corporation, a provider of electronic health records (EHRs), announced its OpenVista EHR system will be used at Pontiac General Hospital.

ONC survey: 84% of hospitals have adopted EHR

Nearly 84 percent of non-federal acute care hospitals had adopted a basic electronic health records (EHR) system with notes through 2015, an increase of 8 percentage points from the year before

Note sharing may be a tool to improve doctor-patient communication

A pilot program that promotes easy, quick sharing of medical notes aims to improve patient engagement and education at three hospitals with 105 primary care physicians and 13,564 patients.

Cerner boosts 1Q revenue but falls short of projections

Cerner Corporation released its earnings report for the first quarter of 2016, announcing revenue increased when compared to the first quarter of 2015 but fell short of projections.

Digital transactions could save insurers, providers $8B

Healthcare industry observers shouldn’t be surprised that electronic transactions have become more and more commonplace. What might raise an eyebrow, though, is the claim the industry could save as much as $8 billion a year by converting to fully digital processes for transactions.

DeSalvo, Slavitt provide more details on shift away from Meaningful Use

The federal government is working to implement a payment program that is "more flexible, outcome-oriented and less burdensome," according to a blog post written by National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, and Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Name of Mayo Clinic's Epic implementation honors legacy

Mayo Clinic is calling its Epic implementation "Plummer" in an homage to Henry Plummer, MD, who is credited with forming the core unified medical record infrastructure of the organization, reports The Post-Bulletin

New legislation shortens MU reporting period to 90 days

New legislation would reduce the Meaningful Use reporting period this year from a full year to 90 days.

 
DeSalvo leaving HITPC co-chair role

National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, is leaving her post as co-chair on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's Health IT Policy Committee.

 

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