What’s the Difference between EMR and EHR?
Due in part to government incentives, many small medical practices are switching from storing paper records to keeping electronic copies of their patients’ medical records in a computer system. These systems are called Electronic Medical Records (EMR) or Electronic Health Records (EHR). Many people use the terms interchangeably, but historically there is a significant difference between the two.
WHAT IS AN EMR?
EMRs have been in use for a long time, since practices first started switching to computerized records back in the 1980s. EMRs can be either proprietary or open source. Some large health care providers had EMRs created specifically for them.
EMRs are basically an electronic version of the familiar paper chart that allows physicians to keep track of data over the long term. An EMR can compare important data like blood pressure and blood sugar levels. They also allow the practitioner to keep track of vaccination dates and when to alert patients to schedule an appointment for a checkup. EMRs can help the practitioner monitor and improve the quality of care at the practice.
EMRs offer many benefits to a practice but they have one major drawback, stemming from their history before the Internet became widely available. They are standalone systems, and each office may have its own different and incompatible EMR. A clinician may even have to print out the data and send it to another office by mail or fax.
WHAT IS AN EHR?
An EHR has all of the same functions of an EMR, but the focus is on the entire health of the patient. EHRs are designed to make it easy for practices and laboratories to share information. It doesn’t matter if the patient is located across the street or across the country. For example, say a patient needs to see a specialist, who orders a specific test. Here’s what will happen if all the players are equipped with compatible EHRs.
- The patient sees his general practitioner, who recommends they see a specialist.
- The patient makes an appointment at the specialist. The patient’s records will be available to the specialist immediately, without requesting them from the patient’s general practitioner.
- The specialist examines the patient and takes a sample, which is sent to a lab.
- The lab receives the sample and carries out the test. The lab test results are integration into the patient’s relevant health records.
- The specialist and the general practitioner both have immediate access to the test results. If the EHR is equipped with a patient portal, the patient also has immediate access to their test results through a special web site, even when their doctor’s office is closed.
While an EMR offers individual practices advantages over the traditional paper chart, the patient receives the most benefit when heath care providers share information quickly and easily. EHRs are designed to be accessed by all people involved in the patient’s care—including the patients themselves. Furthermore, the requirement to electronically share patient health information is an explicit expectation in the Stage 1 definition of “meaningful use” of EHRs.
ZH Healthcare’s blueEHR is a fully certified meaningful use and integrated EHR. The solution integrates patient data, lab orders and results, prescription history, and through the use of health information standards and the ZH Patient Portal can share pertinent health information with patients and other care providers. Learn more here on how your practice can benefit by implementing ZH Healthcare’s certified, secure, and highly customizable EHR.
- Integrated Care EHR and the Need for Offline ModeApr 26 , 2019
- G-Code Breakers for FQHCs: Does your EHR qualify?Apr 24 , 2019
- 3 Major Issues with Immunization Records Management (and How an EHR Can Help)Nov 13 , 2017
- The messaging feature: an ode to cognitive design in EHROct 20 , 2017
- Cloud Based EHR Software: the Key to Shielding Hospitals from Natural DisastersSep 13 , 2017
- MACRA & EHR: Seamless Integration Improves Care QualitySep 08 , 2017
- EHR Workflow: 4 Qualities You Need to SucceedAug 25 , 2017
- Cloud Based EHR Without Internet: the Offline Capabilities RevolutionAug 23 , 2017
- How long can you wait for your EMR to be Back On-Line?Aug 14 , 2017
- What’s the deal with MIPS?Aug 04 , 2017
- Decoding Meaningful Use For Your EHR SystemFeb 24 , 2017
- Web Based Electronic Health Records SoftwareFeb 21 , 2017
- What is the Difference Between an EHR and EMR?Feb 16 , 2017
- What is Certified EHR, and Why is it Important?Jan 13 , 2017
- How Can EHR Improve Patient Care?Oct 21 , 2016
- Critical Roles for EMR Training SuccessSep 20 , 2016
- How to Know if Your EMR Training Was a SuccessSep 15 , 2016
- How to Estimate EMR Training CostsSep 08 , 2016
- Why EHR Training is Crucial for SuccessSep 05 , 2016
- Best Practices in EMR TrainingAug 31 , 2016
- Why Does an EHR System Cost So Much?Aug 29 , 2016
- Trends Impacting EHR CostsAug 23 , 2016
- Understanding the High Cost of EHRJul 11 , 2016
- Understanding the High Cost of EHRJul 11 , 2016
- Understanding EHR Pricing ModelsJul 07 , 2016
- EHR Optimization Benchmarks Your Practice Should Be UsingJul 01 , 2016
- The Positive Impact of Customizing Your EHRJun 20 , 2016
- The Pros and Cons of Customizing Your EHRJun 16 , 2016
- Want EMR Success: Start with Your ProcessesJun 10 , 2016
- What does practice leadership have to do with your EHR?Jun 07 , 2016
- Why EHR Customization MattersJun 01 , 2016
- Your Data Has Value Outside of Your EHRMay 26 , 2016
- Who Owns the Data in Your EHR?May 21 , 2016
- Should You Test Your EHR Data Backup and Restore Process?May 16 , 2016
- Migrating Your EHR DataMay 10 , 2016
- Lessons to be Learned in EMR ImplementationMay 04 , 2016
- How to Avoid the EMR Patient Data Ownership Trap ?Apr 30 , 2016
- Keep Your Staff HIPAA Compliant with these 12 Best PracticesJan 30 , 2016
- A customized Health IT software for InternistsNov 03 , 2015
- Why physicians should implement electronic health records soonOct 20 , 2015
- Access to Medical RecordsOct 08 , 2015
- How to get ready for ICD-10?Sep 30 , 2015
- Save time & money by checking insurance eligibility of patientsAug 25 , 2015
- Gain control of no-shows and protect your bottom lineApr 22 , 2015
- One simple way to improve patient collections by 50%Mar 17 , 2015
- 3 Big HR Mistakes practices make when adopting an EMRJan 23 , 2015
- What is an Electronic Health Solution?Jan 19 , 2015
- What is EMR Interoperability? How Does it Benefit your Practice?Apr 22 , 2014
- How long can you wait for your EMR to be Back On-Line?Apr 22 , 2014
- The IT Benefits of Cloud Based EHRsApr 22 , 2014
- 5 Revenue cycle management Issues that could be Injuring your PracticeApr 22 , 2014
- TIPs for Choosing a Customizable EMR to fit your PracticeApr 22 , 2014
- 3 Common Mistakes That Can Scuttle Your EHR ImplementationApr 22 , 2014
- What’s the Difference between EMR and EHR?Apr 22 , 2014
- 3 Essential elements improve medical billing CollectionsApr 22 , 2014
- 32 Million Reasons you need an EMR Now!Apr 22 , 2014
- Vendor Selection is only the First Step of EMR Success!Apr 22 , 2014
- The 4 Big EHR Implementation Challenges Small Practices Face!Apr 22 , 2014
- 5 Signs that You need a New Billing Services Provider!Apr 22 , 2014
- Top 4 Reasons Small Medical Practices consider New EMR Solutions!Apr 22 , 2014
- Top 4 features Health Care Providers are looking for in their next EMRApr 22 , 2014
- 7 Things Providers Should Know and Do for Transitioning to ICD-10Apr 22 , 2014
- 3 Criteria for Selecting a Billing Services ProviderApr 22 , 2014
- The ZH Patient Portal gives Patients the Advantage!Apr 22 , 2014
- Why Your Practice Should be Using a Patient PortalApr 22 , 2014