Electronic Health Records

Clinician dissatisfaction with electronic health records increasing

Clinician dissatisfaction with electronic health records increasing

More clinicians report being dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with electronic health records.

Providers not always happy with increased electronic health records functionalities

Providers not always happy with increased electronic health records functionalities

Less than 40% of providers reported being satisfied with their electronic health record system switch.

Software may improve quality of life for patients with rheumatic disease

Software may improve quality of life for patients with rheumatic disease

A new software program that combines, stores, and rearranges patient and provider information was linked to positive disease control.

Don't fumble the patient hand-off

Don't fumble the patient hand-off

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Although technology might have weakened the idea that verbal patient hand-offs are important, such exchanges remain key to patient care.

Electronic medical records:
 this time, it's personal 


Electronic medical records:
 this time, it's personal 


I requested from our EMR [electronic medical record] provider the ability to add a "sticky note" to our client records.

Five ways PCPs can use EHRs to benefit patients

Five ways PCPs can use EHRs to benefit patients

Practitioners can utilize data include use of EHR reminders, customized health maintenance alerts.

Is patient-centered medical home care better for patients?

Is patient-centered medical home care better for patients?

Compared with practices using electronic health records and paper records, patient-centered medical home care may offer more significant benefits.

Improving EHR interoperability a 'national priority'

Improving EHR interoperability a 'national priority'

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says interoperability necessary to achieve optimal benefits with electronic health records.

CMS extends 2013 meaningful use deadline

CMS extends 2013 meaningful use deadline

Deadline extended, allowing providers to submit data for 2013 reporting year through March 31, 2014.

The meaningful use paradox

The meaningful use paradox

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'Quality indicators' and 'benchmarking' have become buzzwords in many practices, but are efforts truly benefiting patients?

What's new with EHRs?

What's new with EHRs?

Advances are outpacing arrival speed for this potentially lifesaving technology.

Medical Economics compiles top 100 EHR systems

Medical Economics compiles top 100 EHR systems

First time shoppers should ask about how EHR system will handle Meaningful Use 2 requirements if not already certified.

Tips for training staff to use EHRs

Tips for training staff to use EHRs

Six tips focus on choosing a team, developing a plan, and scheduling regular training and testing.

Eye contact affects patient satisfaction

Eye contact affects patient satisfaction

Patients perceive clinicians who make direct eye contact as being more empathetic.

EHRs failing to meet user expectations

EHRs failing to meet user expectations

Poor software performance may trigger many small physician practices to leave vendors.

Incorrect EHR settings cause medication errors

Incorrect EHR settings cause medication errors

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Default settings in electronic health records designed to improve efficiency and standardization can cause harm when not used properly.

Few met EHR meaningful use criteria in 2012

Few met EHR meaningful use criteria in 2012

Only 1-in-10 physicians surveyed met stage one meaningful use criteria necessary to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments in early 2012.

HHS: 2013 EHR targets met early

HHS: 2013 EHR targets met early

The U.S. has achieved the end-of-2013 goal of implementing EHRs in 50% of doctor offices and 80% of eligible hospitals.

Clinician satisfaction with EHRs down

Clinician satisfaction with EHRs down

Overall, clinicians were less satisfied with the ability of EHRs to improve care and with ease of use in 2012 versus 2010.

Juggling EHR meaningful use incentives

Juggling EHR meaningful use incentives

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Balancing the art and science of medicine with government and business is a tricky act.

EHRs not a cure-all for medical errors

EHRs not a cure-all for medical errors

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The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Report identified 3,946 electronic health record-related medical errors from 2004 to 2012.

EHRs: It will get better!

EHRs: It will get better!

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One day health-care providers will wonder how we could have possibly ever gotten by without EHRs.

EHR use linked to fewer malpractice claims

EHR use linked to fewer malpractice claims

Electronic health record use is associated with a lower rate of malpractice claims among clinicians working in multiple specialties.

Including pictures in EHRs reduces errors

Including pictures in EHRs reduces errors

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Including a patient photograph on a verification screen in electronic health records could help prevent clinicians from placing incorrect orders.

Applying triathlon techniques to EHR implementation

Applying triathlon techniques to EHR implementation

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I don't think it will be easy. I know it will be somewhat painful. But in the end, I hope that I will be able to provide my patients with better care using electronic health records.

Are you prepared for EHR 'meaningful use' deadlines?

Are you prepared for EHR 'meaningful use' deadlines?

Hospitals and clinics that do not meet EHR meaningful use requirements by 2015 will face escalating Medicare and Medicaid payment penalties.

iPads improve resident efficiency

iPads improve resident efficiency

Internal medicine residents who were given Apple iPads were more efficient at ordering tests and procedures for their patients, reporting about an hour saved each day.

Rushing electronic health record implementation may introduce liability

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A recent white paper from AC Group, a Texas-based health IT research and consulting firm, suggests that the rushing to implement electronic health records (EHRs) may actually expose physicians to a greater risk for malpractice lawsuits as many introduce technically inadequate EHRs that are missing important components.

U.S. health care performs poorly on national scorecard

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Access to U.S. health care is declining despite the fact that costs are higher than ever.

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