Electronic health record (EHR), also known as electronic medical record (EMR) is a systematic electronic record-keeping system that collects and stores patient’s medical records in a digital. The EHR system stores a varied kind of healthcare data including patient’s medical data and treatment history, laboratory test results, demographics, vital signs, immunization status, radiology images, billing information and personal stats like age, weight, blood group, etc. EHRs automates workflow and brings in more data accuracy, eliminating the errors committed during manual medical data storage.
In the digitalized record-keeping system, only authorized providers can manage and access the health information stored. Further, the EHR records are shared through network-connected information exchange systems across different healthcare settings. EHRs are used by pharmacies, specialists, hospitals, emergency facilities, laboratories, medical imaging centers, and workplace clinics to store, manage and share data within their network to ensure faster and efficient delivery of care services. Moreover, EMRs are also effective for quick extraction of medical data while examining a patient. It can also be used to conduct population-based studies of medical records.