What is an Electronic Health Record (EHR)?

These lectures give a basic overview of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems used by hospitals for managing patient information.


Lecture A defines an electronic medical record (EMR) and electronic health record (EHR) and explains their similarities and differences, identifies attributes and functions of an EHR, discusses the issues surrounding EHR adoption and implementation, and describes the impact of EHRs on patient care.


Lecture B links EHRs to the Health Information Exchange (HIE) and the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) initiatives, discusses how HIE and NHIN impact health care delivery and the practice of health care providers, summarizes the governmental efforts related to EHR systems including meaningful use of interoperable health information technology and a qualified EHR, describes the Institute of Medicine’s vision of a health care system and its possible impact on health management information systems, and lists examples of the effects of developments in bioinformatics on health information systems.


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