EHR stands for Electronic Health Records. It is a new evolving system that digitally in-puts patients information such as medical history, medication and allergies, immunization status, laboratory test results, personal stats like age and weight, and billing information as well as prescriptions in order to better health care practices. It makes it easier for doctors to share information within their own offices, as well as across health care systems.
Before EHR systems we all remember the paper charts and large files with all of our past visits. When changing doctors you would have to ask for all of that information to be transferred so your new doctor would know your medical past. Today, that is changing very rapidly. More and more doctors are adopting the EHR practice and they are getting a positive result from their patients.
Most of the time people will use EMR and EHR interchangeably but there is a difference. EMR is the legal patient record created in hospitals that gets combined into the EHR. There are many benefits to EHR such a cost reduction, improved quality in health care, and an increase in record keeping and mobility. The main disadvantages is the time it takes to switch the EHR. Doctors needs training, records need to be put in, and this creates a few extra costs. Overall it seems that most doctors are thinking the benefits will out way the costs in the end. Also, as a doctor it is very important to stay update on technology, so everyone may be having to make the switch soon.