ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS (EHR)

Today the world is enjoying the potential of Information Technology services which is bringing ease to the people getting all the information in few clicks. Medical sector is also influenced by this and transformation can be seen in the form of EHR.

EHR is the electronic stored records of the patient health information generated during the treatment or during any health checkup. It can be a complete medical history of the patient undergoing a treatment from a long time. Biggest advantage of EHR is that it is very easy to access patient’s medical history from anywhere over the internet and it also very convenient for the patient to share their medical data with any care unit without going anywhere.

Now many health care units have started this service to maintain the patient’s data online so that there will be lesser paper work and patient can keep the track of the records without losing them.

EHR can include laboratory data, past medical records, demographic reports, radiology reports, immunizations, medications etc.

EHR automates and streamlines the flow between the patient and care units.

EHR GOALS AND BENEFITS

  1. It helps to access data from anywhere
  2. It enables us to share and update our medical records
  3. There is no problem of storage
  4. It is cost effective and less time consuming
  5. No need of paper work
  6. Easier standardization of service
  7. It helps the patient to keep the check on his health easily by going online
  8. It can keep the record of complete patient history from the beginning

EMR VS EHR

Both the terms are very common and used interchangeably in the medical industry, but their significance is different.

EMR (Electronic Medical Record) contains information that is used for diagnosis and treatment, but they are not necessarily interoperable with other providers EMR systems. In other words, an EMR does not follow a patient and cannot be shared digitally with other healthcare providers.

EHR contains a broader view of a patient’s medical history, including diagnoses and test results, and can follow a patient if he or she switches providers. An institution can use EHR technology only if it has an EMR system that is capable of linking with other EMR systems.

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