How can healthcare communications be changed by electronic medical records?

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An Electronic Medical Record (EMR) contains digital clinical and medical information about a patient attended to at a service provider’s practice, but an Electronic Health Record (EHR) is a more detailed digital medical record encompassing the patient’s medical history.

It is important to note this important difference because the EHR has a more significant impact on healthcare communications than the electronic medical record.

EMRs have many advantages over paper records because they make it easy to monitor patients’ compliance with health requirements such as vaccination and enable medical staff to identify patients who require additional support quickly. They can also facilitate the tracking of a patient’s parameter (such as blood pressure) over time, but essentially, they are used for diagnosis and treatment at a particular practice.

With regards to healthcare communications, the patient’s EHR is more relevant. Unlike the EMR, the EHR contains more detailed medical history of the patient gathered from all health providers involved in managing the patient.

The EHR is designed in such a way that it can be accessed by all authorized health providers managing the patient so relevant medical data about the patient can be shared by all providers for better coordinated management. This improves healthcare communications and leads to more positive health outcomes. The electronic health record also facilitates the transfer of a patient’s health records to other service providers when the patient moves from one service provider to another.