EHR versus EMR

The terms Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) are usually used interchangeably these days and I’ve basically decided to stop worrying about it. I used to use EMR but now mainly say EHR. I’ve figured it’s kind of a like the shift from Disease Management to Care Management –takes the edge off by shifting to a more benign –if less descriptive– term.

But I do cringe when EHR is used interchangeably with Personal Health Record (PHR), as I often do.

In any case, Software Advice has an excellent column explaining the difference and documenting the confusion.

September 23, 2008

4 thoughts on “EHR versus EMR”

  1. Interesting article. I am a marketing consultant for medical device firms, and recently ran across this issue at a Sales conference. Even companies selling EMR products seem to use the term interchangeably. Seems we need to educate the entire healthcare community.

  2. EHRs replaced the paper based system contains the medical record that physicians and nurses created and use in their daily routines. The other authentic health professionals and social workers also employ this system.and it all depends on the size of hospital and nature of work etc..

  3. An electronic medical record system secures records with backup files in case of emergencies. In addition, only authorized users may access them. This double security system is a “preventative medicine” for record viruses.A well written article.

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