Simply put, EHR - Electronic Health Records, and EMR -  Electronic Medical Records, are systems designed to capture patient information electronically. 

EMR/EHR systems are designed to capture a wide range of information, including:

  • Demographics
  • Medical history
  • Medication
  • Allergies,
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory results
  • Radiology images,
  • Vital signs, age and weight,
  • Insurance information.

But they differ in how this data can be used, viewed and shared.

EHR systems are designed to capture a detailed view of a patient’s health conditions and health care. This data can be shared by other providers, internal and external, in real time; eliminating the need for paper files. This means that your health history will follow you so that every health provider you see can have access to your history.

This wider access means less medical errors, faster access to and improved patient care, less redundant treatments and less paperwork. Certified EHR systems will also satisfy Medicare’s Meaningful Use requirements.

EMR systems also capture a wide range of patient data in a single record system. Essentially, they are electronic versions of the paper file. Information can be shared internally, but it is hard for external providers to access this information. A EMR may not satisfy the requirements for Meaningful Use.

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