EMR As Electronic Version of Chart…Or is it EHR?

Posted on October 9, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

We’re back once again with our weekend roundup of a few interesting EMR and healthcare IT related tweets. Seems like the #hcsm chat was enjoying tweeting about some of the challenges of EMR and EHR:

Ryan Madanick, MD
EMR=elec versn of chart RT @MrPug94: T1 #hcsm There really isn’t a true provider-patient collaboration platform. #EMR is simply a database

I agree with the assertion. Although, the reason an EMR is just a database and not a true provider-patient collaboration platform is because there’s no exchange of data. That’s what’s missing most from today’s EMR software.

Then, I also saw this related tweet about EHR:

H. Jack West, MD
Also, w/#EMR, it has never been easier to produce so much boilerplated documentation that says so little. #hcsm

I know where this comment comes from, but as I said in previous posts. I think we’re ready to see a revolution in clinical documentation that kicks against the boiler plate documentation that’s been so dominate in legacy EHR software.

Plus, is anyone else still kind of annoyed that we’re still debating whether to use EMR or EHR?

Helen Phung
@ehrwatch @nestorarellano @WittRZ Used interchangeably. #EHR refers more often to a physician/patient facing record while #EMR is for docs.

Personally, I have one thing to say about the EMR or EHR debate: Who cares? Once you can use them interchangeably to communicate the same thing, it really doesn’t matter. I tell you now that it really doesn’t matter.