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Healthcare and the Electronic Health Record 

Healthcare and the Electronic Health Record
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Healthcare and the Electronic Health Record
Author(s):

Karl E. Misulis

, and Mark E. Frisse

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190855574.003.0002
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date: 17 April 2021

The cornerstone of clinical informatics is the Electronic Health Record. This is more than an electronic version of the paper medical record. The use of the electronic record is for more than point-of-care healthcare but rather includes analytics, gap analysis, decision support, and related purposes that would be almost impossible in a paper world. The electronic health record is the present preferred term for the digital systems that coordinate healthcare information. The term electronic medical record was used more prominently in the past. The chapter looks at the transition in this terminology and examines the future move to the personal health record. A case scenario is presented regarding use of the electronic health record system. The future of the system is examined.

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