An EHR is a more comprehensive report of the patient’s overall health.
An electronic health record (EHR) is the systematized collection of patient and population electronically-stored health information in a digital format. Electronic health records (EHRs) are built to go beyond standard clinical data collected in a provider’s office and are inclusive of a broader view of a patient’s care. EHRs contain information from all the clinicians involved in a patient’s care and all authorized clinicians involved in a patient’s care can access the information to provide care to that patient. EHRs also share information with other health care providers, such as laboratories and specialists. EHRs follow patients – to the specialist, the hospital, the nursing home, or even across the country.« Back to Glossary Index