For many years, hospitals have had to keep patient records, profiles, scans and so on in various file cabinets as they were all documented on paper. Keeping track of these documents and transfer of the same was a tedious process since it required several hours of work to sort through each document and compile them. Access to all these records was also hard to get since they were all over the place and finding the right document you required for the work could take a lot of time and was highly exhaustive.
The creation of EMR and EHR brought about a huge relief for various hospitals, clinics, and practices since it made storing and tracking of records a lot more easier for the staff. There have been a lot of doubts and misconceptions between EMR and EHR. Some think that both are the same but there is a huge difference between both. Most medical institutions now use both to make work a whole lot easier for everyone in the institution. Instead of spending countless hours away in a storage room pouring through files, you can now get whatever information you need at a click. Let’s take a look at the difference between EMR and EHR.
What is EMR?
An electronic medical record is a patient’s chart that has been digitized for easy reference and sharing. A patient’s medical history, treatments and diagnoses by various specialists and doctors, scans and medical reports specific to a particular specialty all come under EMR. An EMR can be saved and shared by members of the same institution. They have been shown to improve patient care, track better and give reminders for appointments, patient screenings, and regular checkups. All the information you require is available at just the click of a button.
What is EHR?
An electronic health record (EHR) is another type of patient’s chart that is digitized. However, this chart is a lot more comprehensive and provides a better look at the patient’s medical history. The information stored here can be shared across departments and can help in various procedures. Some of the information stored here include general information about the patient, blood work and so on. EHRs mainly provide a patient’s complete medical history from lab reports to X-rays and images, access to tools that healthcare providers can use for making decisions about procedures and sharing of real-time, up-to-date information.
What is the difference between EMR and EHR?
While it is easy to get confused between EMR and EHR, a clear distinction can be made with regard to the terms “medical” and “health”. An EMR basically gives a focused view of a patient’s medical conditions and history about particular speciality while an EHR gives a more inclusive, overall review of a patient’s health and medical history across any specialities. EMRs are used by doctors and specialists to make decisions about diagnoses and treatments specific only to one department. EHRs can be shared and used by multiple departments since there are common things that each department will look at before the treatment and diagnosis of a patient.
Another difference between EMRs and EHRs is that EMRs can be shared amongst members of one particular hospital, practice, clinic or institution. EHRs can be shared amongst various institutions such as hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies, specialists and so on. These are some of the main differences between EMRs and EHRs. However, their purpose remains the same: to make the storage, compiling, accessing and tracking of various patient profiles and records easier for doctors and healthcare professionals across institutions. So far, they’ve shown to have had a great success rate and many institutions are slowly using them.
If you have a hospital, practice or institution that could benefit from EMR and EHR, all you have to do is contact us at Wynk EMR. Our EMR and EHR software can aid your health professionals in making their work easier, faster and more efficient. Your specialists can make use of the commenting and editing features of the software as well as the automatic reading correction feature that makes the data more accurate. What’s more, is that the software can be connected to all your hospital systems and machines so that you get the data easier and quicker. Contact us at Wynk EMR today!