EHR EMR PMS and all the Other Abbreviations

Posted on January 28, 2006 I Written By

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I came across an EMR’s website and found something quite interesting. Besides the fact that it is open source it had a list that I thought portrayed my problem with all the acronyms and names associated with Electronic Medical Records. Here’s the list:

MirrorMed is a free and open source Electronic Health Record.
MirrorMed is a free and open source EHR.
MirrorMed is a free and open source Electronic Medical Record.
MirrorMed is a free and open source EMR.
MirrorMed is a free and open source Medical Practice Management System.
MirrorMed is a free and open source Health Practice Management System.
MirrorMed is a free and open source Medical Billing System.

I guess this is the list of what I’m really talking about on the site. Although, I usually shy away from billing for now, but I’ll take on that beast later. I will post what I find out about billing, and I’m really for having an integrated billing with EMR. I digress!

In order to work on understanding all the names I plan on making a page devoted to explaining some terms. Watch for that in the next couple months.