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Electronic Health Records

 An Electronic Health Record (or EHR) refers to aggregate electronic record of health-related information on an individual that is created and gathered cumulatively across more than one health care organization. An EHR is managed and consulted by licensed clinicians and staff involved in the individual's health and care.

An Electronic Medical Record (or EMR) is an electronic record of health-related information of an individual which is created, gathered, managed, and consulted by licensed clinicians and staff from single organizations who are involved in the individual's health and care.

An Electronic Health Record, in short, is a record in digital format that is capable of being shared across different health care settings by being embedded in network-connected enterprise-wide information systems. In other words, an EHR is an EMR with interoperability (i.e. integration to other provider's systems).

The EHR automates and streamlines the clinician's workflow. It has the ability to generate a complete record of a clinical patient encounter, as well as supporting other care-related activities directly or indirectly via interface, including evidence-based decision support, quality management, and outcomes reporting. Benefits include a whole range of data, including patient demographics, medical history, medication and allergies, immunization status, laboratory test results, radiology images, billing information, vital signs of the patient and much more. EHRs, when fully up and running, are so much more than that.

Basic EHR Features include:

  • Offers structured data entry for medication diagnoses and orders.
  • Allows integration of the EHR system with scheduling and billing systems.
  • Provides adequate system availability (around-the-clock access, if necessary).
  • Allows adequate response time.
  • Supports incremental implementation of additional, more advanced components.
  • Supports multiple office locations, including connectivity between practice sites.
  • Supports multiple users simultaneously.
  • Supports working with multiple patients quickly and safely (sequentially or concurrently).
  • Supports multiple user access to a single patient record with appropriate security.
  • Offers online user support and technical support.
  • Offers adequate data protection and backups.
  • Offers customizable fields in various locations of the EHR to support local workflow/templates.
  • Affords a workable "exit strategy," should the need arise to export the data to a new system.

The HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Security Rule requires safety measures for stored patient information in the EHR. The safety measures that need to be built in to the systems are access controls to limit access to patient information, encrypting stored information and audit trail to trace who had accessed patient information in the system and when and what changes were made.

The EHR systems have provided every sector in the health industry with extensive benefits and options for improving patient care. Information stored electronically now is more accurate as well as legible. They are real-time, patient-centered records. They make information available instantly, "whenever and wherever it is needed" and they bring together in one place everything that a provider needs to know about a patient's health.

Claimat TM: Claimat is an integrated healthcare connectivity application providing cost effective, self-sufficient and direct connectivity products and services for the healthcare industry. Claimat is an easy to use claims submission and management system. The application is also equipped with electronic medical records (EMR) system, which provides for effortless sharing of personal medical records across different healthcare providers and individuals.