Electronic Health Record

Nursing homes demonstrate health information exchange, Minnesota style

Nursing homes demonstrate health information exchange, Minnesota style

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It pains me to say it, but Minnesota's done it again.

How to do it ... Implementing an EHR system

Deciding on, preparing for and implementing electronic health records requires a great deal of time, patience and collaboration. But a carefully executed implementation will reap dividends years down the road. Experts offer providers their best personal advice for smooth, effective EHR acquisition, installation and use.

Benedictine Health System achieves interoperability

Benedictine Health System has announced it has implemented electronic care transitions between its electronic health record vendor, MDI Achieve/Matrix Care, and Epic, the electronic health record of its hospital partner, Alinea Health.

Referrals at risk

Referrals at risk

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Interoperability for technology solutions is crucial for long-term care providers.

PCC partners with TigerText

PCC partners with TigerText

PointClickCare has entered into an exclusive partnership with TigerText to deliver secure text messaging. Texts will be sent through TigerText's Software Development Kit to PointClickCare's EHR platform for long-term care.

Proper protection

Proper protection

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Long-term care operators need to ensure that their lifeblood — data —is adequately guarded in the case of natural disaster, power outage or cyber attack

Providers who embrace Electronic Health Records have advantage in partnerships, expert says

Providers who embrace Electronic Health Records have advantage in partnerships, expert says

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Long-term care providers shouldn't be afraid to ask questions and drive the conversation with vendors when purchasing an electronic health record system, according to an industry expert.

CAST updates EHR whitepaper, matrix

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Selecting an electronic health record should soon be easier for long-term care providers. LeadingAge's Center for Aging Services Technologies recently announced the upcoming release of a whitepaper and selection matrix covering selecting an EHR.

MDI Achieve migrating major clients to MatrixCare

MDI Achieve has begun migrating its major clients to the MatrixCare platform, the software firm confirmed this week.

Long-term care providers should follow hospitals in adopting EHRs, government says

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Healthcare providers have already exceeded the government's 2013 adoption goals for electronic health records, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday.

CompanyBriefs

» A half dozen electronic health record vendors have formed a non-profit organization called the Commonwell Health Alliance. The organization's goal is to create a national infrastructure with common platforms and policies that allow medical records systems to work together — a task that has proven elusive. "Today's announcement represents an inflection point in healthcare, with key industry leaders coming together to support the delivery of a national health information exchange," said John Hammergren, chairman and CEO of McKesson Corporation. Additional partners include Cerner Corporation, Allscripts, athenahealth, Greenway and RelayHealth (a McKesson subsidiary).

IT Update

Timothy Bickmore, Ph.D., will address how computerized characters can provide support to providers during an upcoming free webinar. "Avatars in senior care settings" will begin at 1 p.m. ET on March 20. The presentation is part of the McKnight's Online Expo. Attendees will be able to earn up to five free NAB-approved continuing education credits. To register, visit www.mcknights.com/expo2013.

Online expo concludes today

Online expo concludes today

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The capital landscape for long-term care continues to rebound, which is good news for operators looking to expand in 2012 and beyond, analyst Michael Hargrave told McKnight's Online Expo participants Wednesday.

Federal government releases 'meaningful use' rules for healthcare IT

Federal government releases 'meaningful use' rules for healthcare IT

The Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday disclosed two final rules regarding the "meaningful use" of electronic health records (EHR).

Researchers tackle electronic health record technology to improve long-term care coordination, patient outcomes

A team of researchers at the University of Missouri is working to refine electronic health record (EHR) technology. The goal is to increase its efficiency and cost-saving benefits for long-term care.

Summit on technology and long-term care to be held in June

A summit focusing on the electronic health record (EHR), health information technology (HIT) and long-term care will take place next month in Baltimore.

Post-acute providers need electronic health records, too

Post-acute providers need electronic health records, too

The federal push to create electronic health records must include post-acute providers, such as skilled nursing facilities.

Guest Columns: Long-term care needs certified electronic health records too

Guest Columns: Long-term care needs certified electronic health records too

Healthcare organizations are now working on receiving certification for electronic health records. Long-term care providers need to be part of the pack.

Move toward certifying electronic health records must include long-term care

Move toward certifying electronic health records must include long-term care

Long-term care must have have certified electronic health records to keep pace with the rest of the healthcare industry.

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