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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.


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Researchers ID what patients value about access to visit notes

Electronic health records (EHRs) have become an integral part of U.S. healthcare organizations. Many are now offering patients the ability to review notes taken during their visits by their physicians through secure patient portals. A recent study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, from researchers at OpenNotes and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center showcases exactly what patients value in having the ability to view visit notes.

Physicians spend 30% of office visits multitasking

The widespread implementation of electronic heath records (EHRs) has changed the healthcare environment from a system of paper to one more reliant on digital information. Some physicians, however, feel this change has negatively affected the quality of care. In a recent study, published by JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers evaluated how physician use EHRs during an office visit and how these factors affect patient satisfaction.

Neal Patterson, Cerner CEO and co-founder, dies from cancer complications

The co-founder and CEO of health IT giant Cerner, Neal Patterson, died July 9 at age 67 according to a company statement.

5 improvements to EHR design to protect patient data

The Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) has released its "Electronic Health Record Design Patterns for Patient Safety" report on the relationship between usability and patient safety in regards to EHRs. The report outlines five areas for improvement in securing patient data when using EHRs.

Researchers warn of inconsistency in asthma data in EHRs

Researchers from Swansea University Medical School in the United Kingdom and the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research have raised concerns about the quality of asthma diagnoses in patients' electronic health records (EHRs). A study, published in European Respiratory Journal, outlined current practices used to diagnose asthma with suggestions for improvements on standards.

Control V: 46 percent of EHR info is copy and pasted

Electronic health records (EHRs) are meant to store the latest healthcare data, but much of the information is copied or pasted, which decreases accuracy and leads to clinical error. In a study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco evaluated how data are documented with EHRs.

Top 7 findings on 2017 global EMR market

Electronic medical records (EMRs) now span all over the globe, but some are doing better than others at traveling abroad. The recently released “Global EMR Market Share 2017” report, conducted by KLAS, evaluated new contracts to EMR systems around the world.

EHRs could be crystal ball in predicting heart failure

Electronic health records (EHRs) are more than just a place to store and share health information. In a recent study, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, scientists from IBM and Sutter Health developed research methods with artificial intelligence to predict heart failure with information stored in EHRs.

Growing together: Demonstrating value for enterprise imaging with 6 use cases you can implement today

As the power of information technology expands, the healthcare system has begun to shrink. Integrated IT systems are allowing providers to communicate across an enterprise like never before.

EHR-based NYC Macroscope collects population data with chronic disease surveillance

Rates of chronic conditions across populations are key data points in improving people health. While electronic health records (EHRs) are able to offer real-time standardization of health information, chronic disease surveillance is low. A study, published by eGEMs, reports how the New York City (NYC) Macroscope could improve the status quo.