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The differences between EMR and EHR have largely eroded but speak to the maturation of health IT use among providers.

Executive Director - Friday, April 06, 2018

The terms electronic medical record (EMR) and electronic health record (EHR) have become widely synonymous, but they did not start that way and some still argue that a distinction between is necessary to restate.
Healthcare organizations and providers have a greater tendency to still use EMR when discussing the health IT system in use by clinicians in the treatment of patients, but many have gravitated toward saying EHR when describing this technology. And there is ample evidence to suggest that the shift is the byproduct of a nationwide effort to promote health data exchange and interoperability.
While EHR is common parlance nowadays, that was not always the case. With EMR usage waning for a large portion of the healthcare industry, an understanding of the EMR/EHR difference demonstrates how far the industry has come — and the progress still needed to be made.

RATIONALE BEHIND DIFFERENT DEFINITIONS

Ironically, the federal agency with the responsible for promoting the adoption of certified EHR technology (CEHRT) over the past seven years has very little say on the subject of EMR versus EHR.
CMS provides this tidbit of insight on the subject relative to the EHR Incentive Programs:


https://ehrintelligence.com/features/emr-v.-ehr-electronic-medical-health-record-differences?elqTrackId=6ab45c846da843759d8c118168fb45eb&elq=88653b7c349c4d0d8802dd8d672bdf08&elqaid=5174&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=4804

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