Electronic Health Records Software VS Electronic Medical Records Software
8/4/2016 7:11 PM
Partly due to the government incentives, many small medical practices are changing their paper records of their patients into electronic records into a computer system, which is called electronic medical records (EMRs) or electronic health records (EHRs). Medical practices use the terms interchangeably, but there is a significant difference between the two.
Electronic Medical Records (EMRs)
EMRs have been in use for a long time. It changed the way that traditional medical records are housed and managed back in the 1980. Some large health care providers have the EMRs created specifically for them. Electronic medical record is basically an electronic version of a paper chart that allows doctors to track a patient’s medical history. Doctors can also use the EMRs to compare important data of a patient, such as levels of blood pressure and blood sugar. The system helps doctors monitor and improve the quality of healthcare in their facilities.
EMRs offer many advantages to a practice. However, since EMRs are independent and each office can have its own different and incompatible EMRs system. So a doctor may have to print out the data and send it to another office by mail or fax.
Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are confidential and secure records about your health care or treatment that your doctor or other health care provider or hospital saves on a computer. These can be shared with other healthcare facilities and agencies. The facilities use EHRs software to join in a secure network to share their patients’ health records, which can help reduce the occurrence of medical errors, avoid duplicate tests and improve the overall quality of care. EHRs allow providers to share updates about their conditions, treatments, tests and prescriptions information.
Electronic health record software provides all the same functions of EMRs, but it focuses more on the entire health condition of the patient. EHRs software is designed to make it easier for practices and laboratories to share information.
If a patient visits different doctors, and both doctors are using the compatible EHRs, they can easily access to the patient records. If the EHRs is integrated with a patient portal, the patient also has immediate access to his test results through the website, even when the doctor's office is closed. EHRs are designed to be accessed by everyone involved in the care, including the patients themselves.
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