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What’s the difference between an electronic medical record and an electronic health record?

  • June 20, 2011

Q: What’s the difference between an electronic medical record and an electronic health record?

A: Because electronic health records and electronic medical records are sometimes mentioned in the same conversation, consumers often believe they’re the same thing.

In truth, an electronic medical record is a record kept by one health care provider to document a patient’s treatment and health history. An electronic health record is a long-term look at a patient’s health history and may include records from a variety of medical providers and for various types of medical care.

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