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EHR & EMR – Technology for our future Healthcare

EHR & EMR – Technology for our future Healthcare

EHR & EMR – Technology for our future Healthcare

What is EHR and EMR?

EHR= Electronic Health Record

EMR= Electronic Medical Record

EHR's and EMR's are both digital versions of paper based health and medical records for an individual. They work in real-time, are patient centered and make information available instantly and securely to authorized users.

Differences between EHR and EMR:

An EMR gives you an overview of the patient's medical history, diagnoses and treatments by a particular physician, specialist, dentist, nurse practitioner, surgeon or clinic.

EMR's help tracking the data better over time. Also, patients will be reminded about screenings and checkups. Overall, EMR's provide improved health care.

An EHR is quite similar to an EMR are but is focusing more on the patient's medical history. With the help of an EHR it is possible to easily share Electronic Health Records with other providers. Authorized users can access a patient's EHR from any health care provider.

EHR's share real-time and updated information, allow access to tools that providers can use for decision-making and contains a complete breakdown of a patient's medical history, including everything from allergies to lab results.

EMR= Medical history                        EHR= Overall Health

A few more things to make it easier to separate EHR and EMR from one another:

*EMR's are mainly used by providers to share diagnosis and treatment. They are not made to be shared outside the individual practice.

*EHR's, however, share patient's information with authorized users/providers. A patient's medical information is allowed to transfer with them to specialists, imagining facilities, labs, emergency rooms, pharmacies and across state lines.

Now, adapting an EMR or HER system to your workplace, be it a large hospital or a small private clinic is never cheap. Therefore, people obviously want to know what benefits the electronic records really offer.

These benefits are not only one sided. Patients, as well as healthcare providers benefit from the use of EMR/EHR systems.

Benefits

*Due to fast, accurate and updated information, medical errors significantly decrease and healthcare is improved.

*Who doesn't know the struggle of trying to make out the right words from doctors handwriting? With these electronic records parent charts are more complete and clear.

*When you are suddenly out of the city or even country and you have to visit a doctor because you are sick, it saves an immense amount of time if your information can be accessed from different providers. No duplicate testing needed; money, trouble and time saved.

*With files all over the place it is sometimes hard to keep track of all the information regarding your intolerances etc. Now prescribing medication has become safer and more reliable.

*Promoting patient participation can encourage healthier lifestyles and more frequent use of preventative care.

*Most importantly, more complete information means more accurate diagnoses.

Overall, EMR's and EHRs are supposed to make our healthcare more affordable and efficient.

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