What is EHR?

Many definitions exist for "electronic medical record" (EMR) and "electronic health record" (EHR). Although the terms are frequently used interchangeably, EMR refers to the electronic record within a specific practice and a basic digital or electronic representation of the paper chart, while EHR generally refers to a longitudinal record across time and providers.

The multitude of EMR/EHR vendors-each claiming to be the best-can make procuring a system for your practice an intimidating process. While there is no fail-safe way to negotiate a vendor agreement, having a clear idea of the specific functions and features that are important to your practice will help you make an informed decision.

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