I am always frustrated how some often used terms in Healthcare IT are used in very different ways by different people. A simple example is Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Electronic Medical Record (EMR).
For a period of time the term Computer-based Patient Record was hot, but that seems to have been a short-lived fad.
So, what is the difference between and EHR and an EMR? As we are in the midst of developing a new EHR strategy for our 400-physician group this is a debate that is near and dear to my heart.
I think CCHIT and HL7 EHR-S do a nice job of describing core EHR capabilities. Those would include medication management, allergy list, problem lists, immunization, etc.
However, we are looking for a phrase that captures what we are trying to do. For our purposes we are saying that the EHR promotes the practice of medicine. Whereas an EMR is simply an electronic version of the traditional medical record. That is, the information is in there and it is retrievable, but it is generally organized around the hospital departments.
We have great doctors at Affinity and Ministry. Our goal is to continue to provide better tools that allow physicians to focus on the practice medicine, not search for data. By giving them IT systems that present the most clinically relevant information to care for each patient we can make these doctors even more efficient and effective.
What is your definition of an EHR?