EMR vs. EHR vs. PHR
The transition to electronic medical records has introduced practitioners and their clients to several acronyms that are now permanently entrenched in the healthcare lexicon. While “EMR,” “EHR” and “PHR” are often used interchangeably, they have very different meanings. One area that is a common source of confusion is the failure to understand the difference between “EMR” and “EHR.”
What Are Electronic Medical Records?
An electronic medical record (EMR) is the digital form of the paper charts that healthcare facilities previously used to keep track of treatments, medications, changes in condition, etc. An electronic medical record represents an upgrade over the traditional paper chart because it makes it easier for practitioners to track data over time and to monitor the client’s health more reliably, which leads to better long-term care.
What Are Electronic Health Records?
Like an EMR, an electronic health record (EHR) provides a digital record of health information. However, the EHR includes more data than the EMR. It contains input from all the practitioners that are involved in the client’s care. Thus, the EHR offers a more comprehensive view of the client’s health and treatment history. This information is entered into a common database that can be shared among authorized users across multiple healthcare organizations.
What Are Personal Health Records?
While a personal health record (PHR) also provides an electronic record of the client’s health-related information, the difference is that unlike EMRs and EHRs that are managed and maintained by practitioners, the PHR is managed by the client. The PHR enables each client to view and control the data in a secure setting and share it with other parties when needed. A PHR may contain information from multiple sources such as physicians, home monitoring devices and other data furnished by the client.
What Are the Benefits of EHR Technology?
The use of EHR systems is now standard operating procedure in healthcare organizations of all types and sizes. Aided by the installation of EHR software, these systems offer many key benefits for practitioners, staff members and clients:
• Providing access to comprehensive, current, accurate client information at the point of care
• Enhancing client safety by improving diagnostic accuracy and reducing errors
• Allowing for faster, more accurate and convenient prescribing of medication
• Enabling the secure sharing of client medical information among multiple providers
• Facilitating communication between the practitioner and client
• Increasing administrative efficiency in areas such as scheduling, billing and collections, resulting in lower business-related costs for the organization
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