Electronic Health Record Software

Are you looking for an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) or are you looking for an Electronic Health Record (EHR)?

You have probably noticed industry confusion and inconsistencies regarding terminology about what to call patient information that is collected and shared electronically.

"Doctors Access made my transition to Electronic Health Record painless by providing me with the best match for my practice. Shopping for the “right” Electronic Health Record solution for my practice on my own was just too daunting with all the choices out there and everyone pressuring me to buy their product. Doctors Access helped me make the best decision for my practice."

Dr. H. Reeves

In fact, analysts, vendors, journalists and practitioners all are guilty of using the terms electronic medical record (EMR) and electronic health record (EHR) interchangeably as if they are one and the same. In fact, these are two different terms that address two different sets of business needs with different -- although overlapping -- sets of features and capabilities. The distinction is more than minor semantics, and it's crucial for health IT decision-makers to understand the difference.

According to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), an EMR is a component of an electronic health record that is owned by the health care provider. The EMR is a set of applications and workflow tools that digitizes the creation, collection, storage and management of patient information within the confines of a single organization. An EMR system may touch clinical data repositories, lab applications and patient information management systems, among others -- but all within the reach of a single organization.

Improving Patient Care

Electronic Health Records can improve individual patient care in numerous ways, including:

  • Complete, accurate, and searchable health information, available at the point of diagnosis and care, allowing for more informed decision making to enhance the quality and reliability of health care delivery.
  • More efficient and convenient delivery of care, without having to wait for the exchange of records or paperwork and without requiring unnecessary or repetitive tests or procedures.
  • Earlier diagnosis and characterization of disease, with the potential to thereby improve outcomes and reduce costs.
  • Reductions in adverse events through an improved understanding of each patient’s particular medical history, potential for drug-drug interactions, or (eventually) enhanced understanding of a patient's metabolism or even genetic profile and likelihood of a positive or potentially harmful response to a course of treatment.
  • Increased efficiencies related to administrative tasks, allowing for more interaction with and transfer of information to patients, caregivers, and clinical care coordinators, and monitoring of patient care.

An EHR consists of data provided from organizations throughout the service delivery chain -- laboratories, providers, pharmacists, insurance payment records -- as well as all of the patient's personal data such as date of birth, address, weight, provider visits, and so on. These records can be shared easily across separate health care providers, labs, government agencies and insurance companies, made available whenever and wherever the patient is seen.

Why EHR?

An Electronic Health Record (EHR) allows comprehensive management of medical information and its secure exchange between health care providers. Broad use of EHR has the potential to improve health care quality, prevent medical errors, increase the efficiency of care provision and reduce unnecessary health care costs, increase administrative efficiencies, decrease paperwork, expand access to affordable care, and improve population health.

Doctors Access believes you need an EHR. The critical distinction between EHR and EMR solutions is that EHRs are designed to include and easily share patient information between health care providers. We believe that the willingness and ability to share patient information is fundamental to the promise that electronic health information has for improving the health care of millions of Americans. That's why we are committed to the concept of the Electronic Health Record and the advantages of the EHR over that of the Electronic Medical Record.

Doctors Access will help you meet the requirements to receive the Federal Government’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus money as outlined at CMS.gov. Contact Doctors Access today and see how you can implement an Electronic Health Record solution in your practice.

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