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