EMR / EHR Transitions

Electronic Medical Records (EMR) / Electronic Health Records (EHR)

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)

What are Electronic Medical Records (EMR)?

An electronic medical record (EMR) is a single practice’s digital version of a patient’s chart. An EMR contains the patient’s medical history, diagnoses and treatments by a particular physician, nurse practitioner, specialist, dentist, surgeon or clinic.

EMRs offer several advantages over paper records:

  • Better data tracking over time.
  • Timely reminders for patient screenings and preventative checkups.
  • Improved patient care.

Electronic Health Records (EHR)

What are Electronic Health Records (EHR)?

An electronic health record (EHR) is also a digital version of a patient chart, but it is a more inclusive snapshot of the patient’s medical history. Electronic health records are designed to be shared with other providers, so authorized users may instantly access a patient’s EHR from across different healthcare providers.

The benefits of EHRs include:

  • Streamlined sharing of updated, real-time information.
  • Access to tools that providers can use for decision-making.
  • A complete medical history of the patient, from allergies and radiology images to lab results.

What is the difference between EMR and EHR?

Still confused on what the difference between Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Electronic Health Records (EHR)? 

It’s easy to remember the distinction between EMRs and EHRs, if you think about the term “medical” versus the term “health.” An EMR is a narrower view of a patient’s medical history, while an EHR is a more comprehensive report of the patient’s overall health.

Here are a few more ways EMRs and EHRs differ:

  • Industry FocusAn EMR is mainly used by providers for diagnosis and treatment.
  • EMRs are not designed to be shared outside the individual practice.
  • EHRs are designed to share a patient’s information with authorized providers and staff from more than one organization.
  • EHRs allow a patient’s medical information to move with them to specialists, labs, imaging facilities, emergency rooms and pharmacies, as well as across state lines.

Why tranistion to Electronic Records?

The main reason people are transferring to Electronic Medical Records (EMR) or Electronic Health Records (EHR) is due to the HITECH Act Enforcement Interim Final Rule, with the fact that you can have: A maximum penalty amount of $1.5 million for all violations of an identical provision. 

However, Electronic Records offer big benefits to patients and healthcare providers:

  • With fast, accurate and updated information, medical errors are reduced and health care is improved.
  • Patient charts are more complete and clear – no more deciphering illegible scribbles.
  • Information sharing can reduce duplicate testing, saving patients and providers time, money and trouble.
  • Improved information access makes prescribing medication safer and more reliable.
  • Promoting patient participation can encourage healthier lifestyles and more frequent use of preventative care.
  • More complete information means more accurate diagnoses.
  • Electronic records are expected to make healthcare more efficient and less costly, making the switch a good investment for our nation’s healthcare.

How do I transfer from paper to Electronic Records?

Unlike most companies, we are unique in providing IT Services for Doctors by Doctors.  From EMR Selection to hardware needs and implementation, our clients often request the services of EMR CPR to aid in meeting meaningful use and for the growing needs of their practice. At EMR CPR you will not find a one size fits all EMR/EHR solution; instead, you will find a selection and implementation process that starts with your practice and ends with your practice. Our proprietary method consists of several general steps that insure clinicians spend time focusing on their patients and not on struggling with Healthcare IT.

Healthcare IT (HIT) Life Cycle Management

As a result of government mandates and patient expectations, Healthcare IT has become a cornerstone of the modern physician practice.  Practices need to be able to create responsive Healthcare IT systems that under go continuous optimization while being cost effective and value driven.  At EMR CPR we can help you develop the processes necessary to control your healthcare IT instead of being controlled by IT.

Interoffice Connectivity

With the expansion of group practices we are often consulted to provide increased interoffice connectivity primarily by consolidating multiple location processes to single locations. This has created an increase utilization of virtual office meetings ranging from across the city connectivity of grand rounds to networking hundreds of physicians and healthcare business leaders across the nation. Whatever your needs, at EMR CPR we have the experts to effectively achieve your goals.

Growth Management

Appropriate development and implementation of growth management is essential to driving a practice into the future success.  As practices grow the needs of Healthcare IT both increase in magnitude and rate of technology change.  Healthcare IT growth management begins with the active development of processes to anticipate and not just react to the healthcare IT cycle.  This drives the ability to identify strategic growth opportunities and implement them. We at EMR CPR have the in-house physicians, healthcare IT experts, systems engineers, and business experts to create and implement growth management strategies.

Healthcare IT/EMR Troubleshooting and Support

Some clients may have already taking the digital plunge but are having difficulty with clinician adoption, system integration, system support, or even general workflow. We at EMR CPR have the expertise to troubleshoot and correct all aspects of your healthcare IT systems. EMR CPR will insure that your practice is centered on seeing your patients and not hampered by IT. Let our in-house expert physicians and IT team get you back on track seeing your patients.

Managed Service and Staff Augmentation

Healthcare Organizations have growing needs for in-house Healthcare IT (HIT) support; EMR CPR offers staff augmentation services to provide healthcare centric individuals with the technical and functional knowledge required by your organization. For those who prefer a custom turnkey solution and increased value, EMR CPR provides managed services to oversee and integrate with entire departments in order to drive the highest value for your HIT investment.