EMR vs. EHR – What’s the Difference?

Some people use the terms “electronic medical record” and “electronic health record” (or “EMR” and “EHR”) interchangeably. But here at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), you’ll notice we use electronic health record or EHR almost exclusively. While it may seem a little picky at first, the difference between the two terms is actually quite significant.The EMR term came along first, and indeed, early EMRs were “medical.” They were for use by clinicians mostly for diagnosis and treatment.

Most Doctors With EHR Systems Happy With Technology

In 2011, 55% of office-based physicians said they used an electronic health record system, and of those physicians, 85% said they were very or somewhat satisfied with the technology, according to a report released Tuesday by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, Modern Healthcare reports (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 7/17).