Understanding EHRs and EMRs

Understanding EHRs and EMRs

In the healthcare industry, Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) are an integral part to healthcare facilities. An EHR stores and manages a patient’s electronic health information. While an EMR is the digital version of a paper-based chart. They have been around since the late 1990s, but their importance has grown exponentially as technology continues to develop. There is a lot of confusion between what distinguishes these two records from one another so we’re going to break it down here in this blog post.

What is an Electronic Health Record (EHR)?

An EHR is a digital record that contains the entire history and current state of a patient’s physical and mental healthcare, including record of allergies,diagnoses, prescriptions, etc. Syncing EHRs with EMRs enables your practice to share key patient data between providers at different locations.This allows practitioners to provide better, more complete care for their patients. It also helps reduce redundant testing by ensuring everyone has access to the same patient information. EHRs require an experienced IT professional dedicated full-time or part-time for installation, configuration, and support.

What is an Electronic Medical Record (EMR)?

An EMR refers specifically to a company-wide electronic database storing clinical documents such as diagnoses, treatments prescribed/administered, test results, and more. A clinic’s EMR is generally utilized by all medical providers and staff, including nurses and technicians. EMRs help improve patient care coordination, enhance health record availability to authorized personnel, reduce the risk of medical errors/misdiagnoses through improved data accuracy and-completeness within a single practice. EMRs can be integrated by internal staff without much experience working with these types of systems.

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How do Electronic Health Records (EHR) differ from Electronic Medical Records (EMR)?

  • An EHR is a record of an individual’s health history, while an EMR stores a clinic’s or hospital’s general medical data.
  • EMRs are more comprehensive across a practice, while EHRs are more patient focused and detailed at the patient level.
  • EMRs contain a lot of confidential/sensitive information that EHRs do not.
  • An EHR allows your clinic to share key patient health data between providers at different practices, while EMRs are usually shared between providers within a clinic or organization.
  • EMRs are only accessible within the clinic/hospital that it pertains to, but EHRs can be shared with anyone the patient permits access to.
  • EMRs help track and monitor a patient’s course of treatment, while EHRs store a patient’s entire medical history.

The differences between EHRs and EMRs can be difficult to discern; they are often used together to provide a more complete picture of a patient’s health journey. Both records are important for any small to large healthcare organization as they provide digital access to patients’ medical history and improve communication between different providers within or outside an office or clinic.

If your practice does not utilize these types of record systems yet, it may be time to upgrade.iPatientCare’s EHR is easy to use, efficient, and customizable. We offer a complete Electronic Health Record system that helps you work smarter not harder. Our EHR is built with years of experience and industry-leading expertise ensuring our clients receive the highest level of support possible when implementing anew EHR or upgrading an existing one. If you’re interested in learning more about iPatientCare’s comprehensive EHR system, contact us today.


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