A Guide to EHRs and Why They Are Important

Healthcare professionals are mostly aware of what electronic health records (EHR) are and their importance, but only professional EHR informaticists and medical coders really know how to create, organize and use them. However, insurance agents and patient parties do require a bit more info on the subject, as electronic health records can feel unnecessary and too complicated for them. Staying away from the more complex inner workings of medical coding, we will now briefly go over some of the questions that often confuse people outside the healthcare industry. What is EHR? Electronic health records are exactly what the name itself implies they are; electronic, aka digital versions of a patient’s health records. They are paperless, cloud-synced, encrypted versions of the patient files that we know and understand, but electronic health records have numerous benefits over their traditional counterparts, which have made their predecessors almost defunct today. Are EHR and EMR Records the Same? Electronic health records are abbreviated as EHR, and EMR stands for electronic medical records, so it is natural to be confused since they should theoretically mean the same thing. Mostly that would be the right assumption, but there are a few important differences to be noted. The […]

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