EHR Explained

October 6th, 2009

According to Wikipedia an electronic health record (EHR) (also electronic patient record or computerised patient record) is an evolving concept defined as a longitudinal collection of electronic health information about individual patients or populations[1]. It is a record in digital format that is capable of being shared within across different health care settings, by being embedded in network-connected enterprise-wide information system. Such records may included a whole range of data in comprehensive or summary form, including demographics, medical history, medication and allergies, immunization status, laboratory test results, radiology images, billing informations.

Since the EMR and EHR terms are mostly used interchangeably it is important to note the difference:

By definitions an EHR is an EMR with interoperability (i.e. integration to other  systems).

Since the EMR and EHR terms are mostly used interchangeably it
is important to note the difference:
By definitions an EHR is an EMR with interoperability (i.e. integration to other providers’ systems)
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