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An EMR is created for the most comprehensive and thorough documentation of care. EMRs allow for the gathering, recovering and utmost handling of records. In addition to their ability to hold a maximum amount of patient information, they also hold the advantage of increasing provider effectiveness, shrinking expenses overall and serving to advance the standardization of healthcare.
An EHR, or, Electronic Health Record, is a compilation of Electronic Health Information: it is a digital record that has the dual ability to offer information in either an all-inclusive or synopsis format which encompasses a lifetime of health related data. EHRs offer records replete of patient visitations and results information while putting the physician in the most informed place to offer qualitative patient care.
An EMR is an individual's health related data collected and handled within a single practice or medical institution. An EHR is an individual's health related data that has been collected and handled via many practices or institutions. An individual's EHR cannot exist without an individual's originating EMR. A practice must first have the ability to create or review an Electronic Medical Record to generate and contribute to an Electronic Health Record.
The two acronyms, EMR and EHR, are often used interchangeably throughout the industry. The definitions given here provide grounding for the fundamental difference between the two. Often the "hyphenated" EHR-EMR signifies the interconnectivity of the two: an EMR "becomes" an EHR as an individual's health is likely monitored by many different providers or healthcare factions over a lifetime. The "hyphenated and slashed" abbreviation EHR-EMR/PM can be found, at times, to signify Electronic Medical Records, Electronic Health Records, and Practice Management solutions, if simultaneously provided by one vendor. For SkyCare, this full range of software and services comprises our complete EHR-EMR/PM set of solutions.
The ARRA set aside resources for physicians to adopt EHR-EMR/PM systems. Rigorous measures to be eligible for funds are designed by ONCHIT, this initiative’s authority. Those demonstrating meaningful use of an EHR-EMR/PM receive financial incentives under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health provisions of ARRA legislation. Within the HITECH provision of the ARRA, a certified EHR-EMR/PM is that which meets specific technology standards outlined in legislation according to the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology standardization. An EHR-EMR/PM becomes CCHIT certified based on its ability for sharing data with other certified systems, reporting on specified clinical quality measures and e-Prescribe.
EHR-EMR/PM record accountability is always on the originator and keeper of such data. The patient, however, owns the information contained within that record, and has the legal right both to view the originals and acquire generated duplicates.
Prior to the ARRA, providers would bear the entire burden of investing wisely in an EHR-EMR/PM system. Though EHR-EMR/PM aids practice business and healthcare, there has been no previous standardization of note. The HITECH Act now incentivizes physicians to adopt a certified EHR-EMR/PM. To receive the stimulus money, the HITECH Act requires providers to prove meaningful use of an adopted certified EHR-EMR/PM system.
Medical imagery and paper data is costly: retrieving images through EMR systems avoids reproducing such data.
With EHR-EMR/PM, requirements used for physical data maintenance become obsolete. As physical records are stored at various sites, data sharing costs increase, time is wasted, and compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act runs a higher risk of being in jeopardy than with records stored using EHR-EMR/PM services.
A component of EHR-EMR/PM, CPOE improves patient protection through cataloging prescribing directives for practitioners. CPOE can reduce medical inaccuracies and eradicate undesirable drug events.
Rapid retrieval of medical text supports continual developments in healthcare efficiency as it allows quick access to information for studies. An EHR-EMR/PM solution standardizes documents, vocabulary, and information entry, all of which assist in the compilation of information for medical research.
To best circumvent any form of preventable harm to a patient, interoperability is key in Health Information Technology. Systems such as SkyCare’s EHR-EMR/PM save money for everyone encompassed within the health industry and its operations. The EHR-EMR/PM set of solutions we offer additionally has record standardization with interfacing ability customizable to each provider.
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