Electronic health records (EHRs) do all those things—and more. EHRs focus on the total health of the patient—going beyond standard clinical data collected in the provider’s office (or during episodes of care)—and are inclusive of a broader view on a patient’s care. EHRs are designed to reach out beyond the health organization that originally collects and compiles the information. They are built to share information with other health care providers (and organizations), such as laboratories and specialists, so they contain information from all the clinicians involved in the patient’s care. Another distinguishing feature of the EHR (discussed in more detail in Chapter Three) is the inclusion of decision-support capabilities beyond those of the EMR.
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