“Electronic medical record” is sometimes used synonymously with “electronic health record” (EHR); however, there are some critical distinctions between the technologies. While both technologies digitally record patient data over time, EMRs can only do so within a particular practice. Comparatively, healthcare providers across practices can share EHRs. Further, EMRs treat and diagnose, while EHRs treat, diagnose and inform decisions.
Why are electronic medical records (EMRs) important to healthcare?
Electronic medical records are important because they let healthcare providers record relevant patient data digitally rather than on paper. Additionally, healthcare providers can track patient data and monitor patients over time within a practice.