Electronic Medical Record vs. Electronic Health Record

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between an EMR and an EHR?

While the industry has not yet come to a consensus and there are several definitions for both and EMR and EHR, there is a clear and functional distinction between the two.

An Electronic Medical Record  (EMR), the electronic replacement of paper charts, is the record of patient health information generated by encounters at one particular provider.  This is the physician's own electronic record of their patient's medical care.  When a physician purchases software he or she is purchasing an EMR system.

An Electronic Health Record  (EHR) is a record of a patient's long-term and aggregate health information generated by one or more encounters in any care delivery setting. Stemming from the interoperability of multiple providers, the EHR is distinct from the clinical systems that will directly support caregivers treating patients.  Rather, the EHR connects the various clinical systems and providers.  Included in this information are patient demographics, progress notes, problems, medications, past medical history, immunizations, laboratory data and radiology reports.   


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