EHR vs. EMR: Know the Difference
Are you under the impression that EHR (electronic health record) software and EMR (electronic medical record) software is one in the same?
While the names may be similar, there are many differences to consider as you compare your options.
Let’s start by examining the details of an EHR solution:
- A digital record of health information.
- Streamlined sharing of updated and real-time information.
- Allows a patient’s medical information to move with them outside the practice.
- Access to tools that providers can use to make more informed decisions.
Now, let’s compare these details to those associated with an EMR solution:
- A digital version of a chart.
- Not designed to be shared outside of the individual practice.
- Patient records do not easily travel outside the practice, such as when seeking service from another provider.
- Primarily used by providers for diagnosis and treatment.
What Do You See?
By now, you should realize that electronic health records and electronic medical records are entirely different.
If you’re seeking the most comprehensive solution, one that will improve both the practice efficiency and patient care, it’s important to focus your efforts on finding the right EHR software.
Although there is a time and place for both solutions, most practices find that electronic health records provide them with the highest level of useful features.