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Overview: Electronic Health Records (EHR's)

Electronic health records are an extremely essential building block in health information infrastructure. Today, critical health related documents are mostly paper-based and they are practically impossible to share electronically. It wastes time and resources to capture this information over and over again when patients move, change insurance carriers, or see multiple providers. It can place patient safety and quality of life at risk when the details of diagnosis or treatment history are lost, overlooked, or can't be retrieved in a timely manner.

What it Means

An Electronic Health Record, usually called EHR, is a system of keeping electronic record of health-related information on an individual that conforms to nationally recognized interoperability standards and that can be created, managed, and consulted by authorized clinicians and staff across more than one health care organization.

The basic difference between EHR and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is that EMRs are created, gathered, managed and consulted by authorized clinicians and staff within one health care organization.

Benefits of EHR

EHR allows physicians and staff members to:

  • Decrease and avoid transcription and other medical errors
  • Limit medical record access according to requirements
  • Access records from multiple locations
  • Reduce coding and billing errors
  • Increase efficiency and reduce costs, thereby increasing profitability of the practice or facility
  • Improve the proper coding of patient encounters - defensible coding
  • Provide backup documentation for Insurance company claims inquiries and malpractice allegations
  • Comply with HIPAA
  • Facilitate decision support, clinical trials, and medical research


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EHR Success Stories

Here's a recap of some of the highlights in 2015! Read a holiday message from MU Health CEO & COO Mitch Wasden:

The devastating tornado that swept through Joplin, Missouri on May 22 completely destroyed a number of physician offices, including that of Tracy Godfrey, MD, a Family Practitioner with the Family Health Center of Joplin. But thanks to electronic health records, Godfrey had access to all of her patients' information, and in less than three days after the catastrophe, the practice was able to reopen its doors at a temporary location. More EHR Success Stories