Topic: electronic medical records

Electronic health records

[ Fall 2008 ] Electronic health records could make care safer and save money. So why aren't more doctors and hospitals using them? Boston internist "Dr. Sean James" greets patient "Sara Hill" in an examination room, then sits down at a computer and calls…

Electronic vs. personal health record

[ Fall 2008 ] What's the Difference? Whereas an electronic health record (EHR) is a computer record that originates with and is controlled by doctors, a personal health record (PHR) can be generated by physicians, patients, hospitals, pharmacies, and other sources but is controlled…

Anatomy of an electronic health record

[ Fall 2008 ] In this example of an electronic health record, the patient’s vital signs and other statistics are at the top left. Body mass index (BMI) is calculated automatically when the weight is entered. The patient’s current medications are at middle left,…

A tool for tracking EHR adoption rates

[ Fall 2008 ] Tracking the progress of adoption rates requires reliable record-keeping Tracking the progress of anything, including health IT adoption, requires reliable record-keeping. The July 3 New England Journal of Medicine survey report, funded by the Office of the National Coordinator of…

HSPH students study electronic health records in China

April 2013 — In January 2013, 12 HSPH students travelled to the Minhang District in Shanghai, China to study how electronic health records were implemented. The Winter Session trip was sponsored by the HSPH China Initiative.

Technology crucial to give patients a "medical home"

September 20, 2011 -- HSPH Expert Outlines Key Ways to Improve Health Care Delivery Of the many problems facing health care in the United States, critics say one of the biggest is that patient care isn’t well coordinated. It’s easy, for example, for…

Karen DeSalvo, SM '02, named National Coordinator for Health IT

Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently announced the appointment of HSPH alumna Karen DeSalvo, SM '02, as the next National Coordinator for Health Information Technology starting January 13, 2014. DeSalvo will replace fellow HSPH graduate Farzad Mostashari, SM…

Doctors, hospitals increasing use of electronic health records

Hospitals nearly tripled their use of electronic health records (EHR) systems between 2010 and 2012, according to a new study co-authored by [[Ashish Jha]] of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The authors found that 44% of hospitals report having at least…