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Electronic Medical Record

Overview[1]#

Electronic Medical Record (EMR) are digital versions of the paper charts created by Health Care Providers in clinician offices, clinics, and hospitals and which can serve as a data source for an Electronic Health Record (EHR)

Electronic Medical Records contain notes and information collected by and for the clinicians in that office, clinic, or hospitals and are mostly used by Health Care Providers for diagnosis and treatment.

Electronic Medical Records are more valuable than paper records because they enable providers to track data over time, identify patients for preventive visits and screenings, monitor patients, and improve healthcare quality.

Electronic Medical Record is Patient Data and is considered Protected Health Information and Personally Identifiable Information by most entities.

Electronic Medical Record contains the medical and treatment history of the patients in one practice. Electronic Medical Record have advantages over paper records. For example, EMRs allow clinicians to:

  • Track Patient Data over time
  • Easily identify which patients are due for preventive screenings or checkups
  • Check how their patients are doing on certain parameters—such as blood pressure readings or vaccinations
  • Monitor and improve overall quality of Health Care within the practice
But the information in EMRs doesn’t travel easily out of the practice. In fact, the patient’s record might even have to be printed out and delivered by mail to specialists and other members of the care team. In that regard, EMRs are not much better than a paper record.

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