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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

Electronic medication prescriptions could be contributing to elderly patients' falls

New research from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York shows that the electronic prescribing of certain high-risk medications to elderly patients could contribute to the likelihood of them falling.

Hospital aims to improve care, streamline communication with ED info system

Grand River Hospital (GRH) announced Nov. 8 that it will Wellsoft’s emergency department information system (EDIS) for a 567-bed hospital in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

Final rule on certified EHR review, oversight released by ONC

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has released the final rule on its Health IT Certification Program, focusing on “reliability, transparency, accountability and safety” of certified electronic health records (EHRs).

ePatientFinder, M3 join to bring clinical trials to patients

ePatientFinder, which uses electronic health reacords (EHRs) in clinical trial recruitment, has partnered with M3 Inc. to include its information and website services to add an additional two million physicians to ePatientFinder's recruitment platform. 

CMS to release updates to EHR Incentive Program

During National Health IT week, running September 23-30, CMS will be releasing updates to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs to assist providers in successfully implementing health IT initiatives. 

ePatientFinder joins athenahealth to boost participation in clinical trials

ePatientFinder and athenahealth have begun a partnership to increase their network for the recruitment of patients for clinical trials.

HHS awarding $87 million for IT enhancements at health centers

More than 1,300 health centers around the U.S. and in several overseas territories will receive a total of $87 million in federal grants to purchase or upgrade IT systems.

 

Physicians spend more time maintaining EHRs than treating patients

Although electronic health records (EHR) were created to help make healthcare more efficient, new research suggests it may be slowing down the physicians.

CMS announces payment adjustments for EHR Incentive Program in FY2017

Hospitals that couldn’t show meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology in their 2015 reporting will have their payments reduced by 75 percent in the next fiscal year, CMS announced.

WellSpan Health adopts EHR system to automate discharges at two more facilities

To make the patient discharging process smoother and faster, WellSpan Health, a York, Pennsylvania-based integrated healthcare system, is adopting new technology from Ensocare in two of its facilities.

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