Electronic Health Records (EHR) is when medical records are in digital form. Computers are used to input, store, and review patients medical information. The information that is listed into patients medical chart is listed in electronic health records. For example some information that can be listed in electronic health records are basic personal information such as name, address, phone number, and the patients emergency contact. Medical history such as medical diagnosis, surgical procedures, treatment information, medications, shots, and what the patient is allergic too, x-rays, MRI’s, CT scans and any radiology images that have been taken, and finally living will information if listed, next of kin; if the patient passes away, and the health power of attorney (eHealthWv.2009). Electronic Health records is an official medical record of patients that are shared among other medical facilities and agencies.
Electronic Medical Records is a digital version of a paper based medical record of a patient. Electronic medical record represents a medical record of a patient with in a single facility for example a clinic or a physicians office (Whatis.com, 1999-2012). There are different types of electronic or digital health records that store the same medical information.
Personal health records (PHR) is health related documentation maintained by the individual to which it pertains (Whatis.com,1999-2012). Implementing electronic health records goes through a process. This process can be categorized in phases. The phase starts with decision, selection, pre-implementation, implementation, and post implementation. There is a key to each phase of theses issues that need to be addressed. Most practices or organizations vary in size, culture, capacity, knowledge of information systems, and staffing. The first phase of implementation is decision phase. This phase focuses on identifying champions, gaining buy-in, collection of information, assessing...
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