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What is the difference between an Electronic Health Record and an Electronic Medical Record?

One Letter Makes a Complete Difference

While it may seem like the difference between Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) is just a matter of semantics, it’s important to see the distinctions in their entirety. An EMR is a single record, while an EHR is an all-inclusive roster of patient care. An EMR is difficult to share with other providers, but an EHR is designed to be accessed by all of the physicians and facilities involved in the patient’s care, including the patient. While an EMR updates the paper chart, an EHR upgrades the entire practice to improve both patient care and practice management. These are just a few of the contrasts between EHRs and EMRs, but it’s easy to see the complete distinction.

Discover the Difference Down to the Letter Between an EHR and an EMR

EHRs provide a comprehensive and collaborative view of the patient’s complete health and history. With EHRs, you have the interoperability to securely connect and communicate with multiple medical sources involved in the patient’s care, including physicians, specialists, labs, hospitals, and other medical facilities. The communal access of EHRs also helps your practice qualify for Meaningful Use incentives.

In contrast, EMRs are essentially a digital version of the traditional paper chart and are used for diagnosis and treatment within one practice. EMRs offer a very limited view of the patient’s medical history since they cannot be digitally shared with outside providers and health systems.

Since accurate and timely communication is vital for quality care and efficient practice management, EHRs are the superior solution for the interaction and integration they provide to a practice.

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gMed’s certified EHR solutions provide all of these collaborative benefits and many more by including specialty-specific features and functionality that greatly improve your productivity, profitability, and performance. This results in more accurate diagnoses, better collaborative care, and a higher quality of patient care that reflects well on your practice.