Let’s settle the difference between EHR and EMR:
Electronic Health Records (EHR)
EHR stands for electronic health records in medical data storage. You can consider it as a digital record of health information of the patients. They don’t include medical images but have everything else. All the information and health data of patients’ makes electronic health records that includes medical history, medication, diseases, signs, lab reports and others. All the data is gathered at a single place so that it can be shared with anyone or printed out.
Most of the hospitals are now adopting this system because it makes information keeping simple and convenient. The data or patient profile can be edited anytime in seconds without wasting much time. It has a good number of advantages that will discuss in the next section.
- It increases care coordination for the patients
- Patient participation in care is also improved
- It definitely boosts the quality of care
- It saves a lot of time, improves efficiency and reduces errors
The electronic health records enable the hospitals and clinics to create sheets or data for every patient. The whole data is available in readymade form to be shared with other healthcare professionals. Apart from just keeping records of the patient data, such systems can do a lot of other things. This includes reminders, alerts, connecting with experts, healthcare decision support and better care management.
Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
Electronic Medical Records or EMR is different than electronic health records. It is a digital version of a patient’s medical history in one practice or to single doctor. It also includes the same details like signs, medical history, medication and other things. But in EMR, the data shows history of a single doctor. This medical data storage is not shared outside the healthcare department or one hospital.
The basic idea makes it clear that EMR and EHR are actually two different types of digital records of patients. One is maintained at higher levels and is shared with anyone while the other is the medical record of a patient in digital form to a single doctor. It contains patient information and doctors usually don’t share EMR with others.
Like EHR medical imaging data storage, it also has a number of benefits which are listed below.
- Patient’s record in digital form
- Spares the doctors from using papers for record keeping
- Tracking data over time is easy
- Maintains reminders and alerts for patient meetings
- Shows which patients are due this week or month
- Monitors and improves quality of care for every patient
Doctors with good knowledge of technology are using electronic medical records for their own comfort. They don’t need to worry about if the data or record is lost. This can be maintained in computers or on tablets. Data of every patient is accessible even on the go.
Patients are also on the safe side as they will not have to worry about their medical record, tell the doctor every time about their conditions, treatment situation or what is the progress. The doctors will be able to track the performance and the EMR will show everything to the doctors.