Nursing Informatics

EMR vs. EHR /Reading & Sharing Nursing Informatics

HIMSS Analytics, a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) outlined the differences between the terms electronic medical record and electronic health record, defining the electronic medical record (EMR) as the “legal record created in hospitals and ambulatory environments that is the source of data for the EHR.” The EMR typically referred to a single encounter with no, or very limited, ability to carry information from one visit to another within a care delivery system. That situation has changed so that it is possible to bring information forward from prior visits within the organization or delivery system.

Basic EMR components:

  • clinical messaging and email
  • results reporting
  • data repository
  • decision support
  • clinical documentation
  • order entry

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