What is an Electronic Health Record?

The new Electronic Health Record (EHR) system converts the patient’s paper files and charts into a digital format.  EHR makes the patients records more accessible and immediately available.  These files can also be securely shared with other medical offices and healthcare systems by authorized users in different cities, as well as various states. Since this data can be easily transferred to other systems, it allows for a significant improvement in the patients overall care.

Difference Between EHR and EMR

Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) are similar to the EHR because they both convert paper patient charts into a digital format.  The biggest difference between the two is that the EMR system does not allow this digital content to be shared between facilities, it is only available in the one office in which it was created.

All of the patient’s medical information is readily available and allows facilities to monitor more carefully certain aspects of their patients care such as blood pressure readings and other vital records.  The EHR is a more comprehensive system than the old EMR method and contains a variety of useful information such as contact details, allergies, insurance information, family history, immunization records, medication lists, hospitalization records, and a record of all previous surgeries and procedures that have already been performed.

The EHR system was intended to improve the quality of care for patients, but the conversion can be a lengthy and time-consuming endeavor. If done by the physician, it can also significantly reduce the interaction time they have with their patients.

Hiring a medical scribe in your facility can show improved patient care and satisfaction ratings, more thorough and detailed documentation, improved patient retention and improved physician productivity with a decrease in overtime hours.  At Proscribe we are dedicated to aiding professionals in the medical field and improving productivity.  While scribe services have direct costs of having to hire new staff members, they can save your practice time and money and ultimately pay for themselves.  Contact us to learn more about how a medical scribe can benefit your practice.


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