Electronic Health Records (EHR), Electronic Medical Records (EMR), and Personal Health Records (PHR): What's the difference?

EHR and EMR are often used synonymously. However, a difference was proposed by the National Alliance for Heath Information Technology (an industry-led alliance that has recently dissolved) and their definitions created a distinction. Whether their definitions and the distinction it creates will continue and enter into general usage remains to be seen.


Basically, as proposed by NAHIT, EMR are the electronic records created by and accessible to a single clinical entity, such as a doctor's office or a group practice or a hospital. By this definition, ICANotes is an EMR.

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