What’s the Difference between EMR Software and EHR Software?
Jun 30, 2018
As healthcare evolves and improves with technology, both patients and care providers look for better ways to prevent and diagnose illness, and to identify and reduce health risks. Maintaining and reviewing health records is the way to accomplish this, but paper records are the method of the past. Electronic records have a foot planted firmly in the present and are becoming the future.
Which Offers Better Patient Value, EMR or EHR?Electronic record software comes in two main types, Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Electronic Health Record (EHR). The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provided incentive funds to stimulate the adoption of these software systems by hospitals and physicians. The acronyms EMR and EHR are often used interchangeably, but there are distinct differences between the two software services. According to the National Alliance for Health Information Technology (NAHIT), EMR and EHR are defined as follows:
- EMR: The electronic record of health-related information on an individual that is created, gathered, managed, and consulted by licensed clinicians and staff from a single organization who are involved in the individual’s health and care.
- EHR: The aggregate electronic record of health-related information on an individual that is created and gathered cumulatively across more than one health care organization and is managed and consulted by licensed clinicians and staff involved in the individual’s health and care.