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EMR v. EHR: Electronic Medical, Health Record Differences

The terms electronic medical record (EMR) and electronic health record (EHR) have become widely synonymous, but they did not start that way and some still argue that a distinction between is necessary to restate. Healthcare organizations and providers have a greater tendency to still use EMR when discussing the health IT system in use by clinicians in the treatment of patients, but many have...


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Improving Clinical Data Integrity through EHR Documentation

Findings from a recent EHR usability study conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) once brought to the fore the problem of clinical documentation in the digital age of healthcare. The study of EHR use, particularly...

Solutions for Addressing Health Information Exchange Challenges

“Hospitals and physicians are now exchanging more electronic health information than ever before,” the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology told Congress in an annual report from early November....

Breakdown of Health IT Interoperability Standards, Organizations

The federal government has put in motion a ten-year plan for establishing a nationwide learning health system made possible through incremental improvements to healthcare interoperability. Who could stand opposed to a healthcare system that ensures...

Potential for Healthcare APIs to Revolutionize the Industry

Application programming interfaces (APIs) provide the means for one software program to access the services of another. Analogies abound for explaining how APIs work, but one that is particularly compelling is the wall socket analogy. Rather...

How EHR Technology Definitions Influence EHR Use Statistics

On a near-annual basics, federal agencies provide updates on EHR adoption that serve as a bellwether of the healthcare's industry technical capabilities, most notably the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology...

What Clinical Quality Measures Mean to Healthcare Providers

Throughout the healthcare landscape, providers and hospitals must navigate various different incentive programs and quality improvement programs, with which come numerous requirements for clinical quality measures. However, provided the vast...

What Is EHR Optimization, How Does It Start?

So much of the focus of an EHR implementation is on the go-live and plenty of hustle and bustle precedes a practice's launch of a new EHR technology. However, the digital journey has only just begun at that point and what follows to sustain...

Reducing Medical Errors with Improved Communication, EHR Use

The revelation that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States sent unsettling reverberations through the healthcare industry last week, but the news is likely only the tip of the iceberg and much more must be done...

What Is MACRA and What It Means to Providers, EHR Technology

More than a year has passed since Congress voted to enact the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 and the Department of Health & Human Services issued its notice of proposed rulemaking for MACRA implementation. At its most...

Why a Thin Line Separates EHR Optimization, EHR Replacement

For the past years, industry analysts have predicted a rise in EHR replacement activities that have failed to come to fruition. Most recent reports now point to a shift in the thinking of healthcare organizations and providers about their current...

Return on Investment Remains a Problem for Meaningful Use

A mixture of surprise and relief likely met the recent revelation by the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding serious changes to meaningful use requirements that will bring the EHR Incentive Programs more in...

How Eligible Providers Performed in Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Much of the pushback for the Stage 3 Meaningful Use final rule stems from the experience of meaningful use eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals (EHs) in Stage 2 meaningful use, which led many to call for and eventually receive concessions...

How to Build a Successful Healthcare Mobility Solution

HITInfrastructure Mobile devices are a significant part of health IT infrastructure as users look for the most convenient ways to use devices to treat patients. Building a healthcare mobility solution is key to ensuring the devices are fully supported and functioning...

Maximizing Revenue Through Clinical Documentation Improvement

RevCycleIntelligence Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) is the process of enhancing medical data collection to maximize claims reimbursement revenue and improve care quality. In addition to its impact on patient care, the quality of data generated within the...

Prioritizing Data Security Strategies for Health IT Infrastructure

HealthITSecurity A secure yet accessible health IT infrastructure is a fundamental requirement for all healthcare organizations.   As providers adopt more digital technologies, including electronic health records, data warehouses, advanced wireless networks,...

Strategies for Rural Patient Healthcare Access Challenges

PatientEngagementHIT Amidst the sweeping plains and endless farmland of rural America, residents face a pressing and pervasive problem. With providers so few and far between, patients face considerable difficulty accessing healthcare. According to a leading advocate...

Epic Systems: Machine Learning Is the EHR Usability Solution

HealthITAnalytics A public appearance by Epic Systems founder and CEO Judy Faulkner is always a big event for the health IT industry, and nothing is bigger for Epic than the electronic health record company’s annual user group meeting. With 9000 thousand...

Why Cloud, Virtualization Are Key to Healthcare Infrastructure Strategy

HITInfrastructure The healthcare industry’s transformation isn’t just taking place in consult rooms, retail clinics, or EHR developers’ office buildings.   Health IT infrastructure - the engine that drives clinical, operational, and administrative...

Leveraging Primary Care Telehealth for Convenience and Quality

mHealthIntelligence At its heart, the telehealth or telemedicine platform is all about connecting the patient to the doctor for primary care services. That’s where it all began: a virtual connection to treat a nagging cough or cold, a sinus infection or earache...

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