"EHR" Posts

Portrait of Dr. Farzad Mostashari

Physicians’ Experiences with EHR Adoption is Largely Positive

Dr. Farzad Mostashari | July 17, 2012

Last November, we released data from the 2011 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) of office-based providers, finding that 57 percent had adopted an electronic health record (EHR), and 34 percent met all criteria for “basic EHR use” (patient history and demographics, patient problem list, physician clinical notes, comprehensive list of patient’s medications and allergies, computerized orders for prescriptions, and ability to view laboratory and imaging results electronically). 

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Portrait of Mat Kendall, M.P.H.

Accelerating Progress on EHR Adoption Rates and Achieving Meaningful Use

Mat Kendall, M.P.H. | May 8, 2012

As spring quickly blends into summer, we at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) continue to see signs that providers and hospitals nationwide understand why electronic health record (EHR) adoption and achieving meaningful use is critical to improving patient care.

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Portrait of Liz Palena Hall

Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) Needs Related to EHR Adoption

Liz Palena Hall | May 3, 2012

As the population of the United States ages, the number of people receiving services in Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) facilities is expected to grow rapidly. LTPAC is characterized by a variety of settings, from complex care in long-term acute-care hospitals to supportive services in the community or home-based care. Compared to the general population, LTPAC patients typically have a wide range of conditions and more complex, longitudinal care needs.  Frequent transitions between acute, post-acute, and longer-term care settings are common.

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Portrait of Parmeeth M.S. Atwal

Transition to EHRs Improves Breast Cancer Survivor’s Quality of Life: Pam Crum’s Story

Parmeeth M.S. Atwal | October 7, 2011

Pam Crum is a seven-year breast cancer survivor. A busy mother of two young daughters, Pam also volunteers as a mentor for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

When Pam’s cancer was diagnosed, she was pregnant with her second child. Her medical journey over these seven years has been a complicated one. During that journey, her health care providers were making the transition from paper-based to electronic medical records. Pam experienced the transition first-hand, and knows what a big difference it can make.

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Portrait of Randall D. Cebul, MD, Director, Better Health Greater Cleveland

New Research Finds EHRs Improve the Quality of Diabetes Care

Randall D. Cebul, MD, Director, Better Health Greater Cleveland | September 1, 2011

Two years ago in an address to Congress, President Obama declared his commitment to invest in electronic health records (EHRs), saying he thought it was perhaps the best way to quickly improve the quality of American health care. Just two years later, that hunch is proving true in Cleveland, Ohio.

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