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  • Writer's pictureMatt Pidlisecky

The Differences Between Electronic Medical Records and Electronic Health Records

As technology continues to advance, digital records have become an integral part of healthcare. Two terms that are often used in the healthcare industry are electronic medical records (EMRs) and electronic health records (EHRs). While both EMRs and EHRs are digital versions of patients' medical information, they have some key differences.

An EMR is a digital version of a patient's medical record that is created and used by a single healthcare provider or practice. EMRs typically include information such as patient demographics, medical history, medications, and lab results. They are primarily used for the management and treatment of individual patients within a single practice. EMRs are often used by smaller medical practices, clinics, and solo practitioners.

On the other hand, an EHR is a digital version of a patient's medical record that is created and used by multiple healthcare providers and organizations. EHRs typically include all of the information found in an EMR, as well as additional data such as test results, vital signs, and immunization records. EHRs are designed to be shared across different healthcare organizations and providers and can be used for a variety of purposes, such as population health management, research and public health reporting. EHRs are often used by larger hospitals, health systems and clinics that are part of a larger network.

One of the key differences between EMRs and EHRs is their level of integration. EHRs are more comprehensive and integrated, offering a more complete view of a patient's health history across different providers and organizations. EMRs, on the other hand, only provide information about the patient's treatment within a particular practice.

Another difference is that EHRs are generally more secure and have more stringent regulations to protect patient privacy and security, as they are shared among multiple organizations and providers.

In conclusion, both EMRs and EHRs are important tools in the healthcare industry and have their own unique uses. EMRs are primarily used by smaller practices for the management of individual patients, while EHRs are used by multiple organizations and providers for a variety of purposes. EHRs offer a more comprehensive and integrated view of a patient's health history, while EMRs only provide information about the patient's treatment within a particular practice.


About Arya Health:


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Arya Health is an electronic health record system designed by physicians for physicians. It is used in clinics across Canada and helps streamline patient records management. The technology used in our healthcare software is constantly evolving to meet the needs of healthcare professionals and their patients. Our goal is to improve the efficiency of clinics and provide a better overall experience for healthcare professionals and patients


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