What is the difference between an EMR and an EHR?
An Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is narrower than an Electronic Health Record (EHR). An EMR focuses on a patient’s medical history while an electronic health record (HER) adopts a broader perspective of the patient’s health in general.
EMRs and EHRs both serve the purpose of improving the healthcare provided to the patient. When integrated, EMRs and EHRs are powerful tools to improve patient management and to reduce treatment errors or any unnecessary treatment.
What does EHR stand for?
An electronic health record (EHR) is a digital version of a patient‘s medical history and generally includes all key data relevant to a patient under a particular provider, including: demographics, progress notes, problems, medications, vital signs, past medical history, immunizations, laboratory data and radiology reports.
The EHR automates access to information and has the potential to streamline the clinician's workflow. The EHR also has the ability to support other care-related activities directly or indirectly through various interfaces, including evidence-based decision support, quality management, and outcomes reporting.