What is EMR/EHR?
EMR is the abbreviation of Electronic Medical Record, while EHR is the abbreviation of Electronic Health Record.
Both EMR and EHR are digital records that provide the patients’ information. Since the terms are familiar, they are usually interchangeable. However, although they only differ one word, they serve different purposes.
EMR is the digital patient chart that records a more comprehensive medical and treatment history from one practice. Therefore, this record is not able to travel easily between healthcare providers outside the practice. Moreover, it is mostly used for diagnosis, treatment, and care.
Benefits of EMRs:
- Save space and reduce paper usage
- Optimize workflow and increase number of patients
- Reduce the workloads of the administrative tasks and the operational cost
- Easy to customized and scaled
- Safeguard against prescribing treatments that results in unfavorable events
Meanwhile, EHR is the digital record of a patient’s information that includes a more holistic, long-term view of a patient’s health: their demographics, test result, medical history, history of present illness (HPI) , and medications. Unlike EMR, EHR is allowed to move to different healthcare providers and used for decision making, diagnosis, and care beyond one practice.
Benefits of EHRs:
- Quick access to patient records with more coordination and efficient care
- Can be safely shared to other healthcare providers
- Reducing paperworks and improve healthcare
- Provide more reliable prescribing
- Improve efficiency and meet their business goal
Of course, there are several options of EMR/EHR software, but one of the most famous used software is OpenEMR. In fact, OpenEMR is installed over 15,000 healthcare facilities around the world.
OpenEMR is an open-source medical practice management software and electronic health records. It is a free software that is fully ONC-Certified with integrated EHR, practice management, scheduling, electronic billing, internationalization, free support, and a vibrant community. The software can run in Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and other platforms.
OpenEMR features includes:
- Patient demographics
- Patient scheduling
- Electronic Medical Records
- Medical Billing
- Clinical Decision Rules
- Patient Portal
- Multi Language support
- Security and support
The advantage of using OpenEMR of course is the free cost for the installation and upgrade, and you have a community and the developers to help you. However, of course, you need to have the technical skills to do the installations, data back-up, and upgrade.
Genkiware and Open-EMR/EHR
We are offering OpenEMR services to our customers: the management solutions of the electronic health record and medical practice.
Here are the services that we can provide to you:
- OpenEMR services:
- Meaningful use certification