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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

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ONC's report on health IT comparison covers four mechanisms

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released a report to Congress on the feasibility of creating an EHR comparison tool.

 
Research and Markets' EMR 2016 report available

The latest edition of "EMR 2016: The Market for Electronic Medical Records" from Research and Markets looks at the market and trends affecting EMR software and related services.

 
Survey shows EHR customer loyalty waning

Loyalty to inpatient EHR vendors decreased from 81 percent to 75 percent in 2016, according to a Black Book Inpatient EHR survey.

 
Study finds significant data missing from EHRs

A significant portion of EHRs are missing data, according to a study published in Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

OIG: HHS still not addressing copy-paste concerns

The Department of Health and Human Services still has not adequately addressed the issue of hospitals failing to employ safeguards and prevent EHR fraud and abuse via recommended tools already in place, according to the Office of Inspector General. 

 
athenahealth acquires scheduling company, its first accelerator investment

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New DoD EHR system named GENESIS

Military Health System (MHS) officials say the Department of Defense's new EHR will be called MHS GENESIS and will launch at the end of calendar year 2016.  

 
Study: PCPs receive an average of 77 EHR notifications a day, adding more than an hour to workload

Primary care physicians receive an average of 76.9 notifications per day in commercial EHR systems, according to an article published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

 

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