An EMR is a digital version of a paper chart in a clinician’s office. It contains the medical and treatment history of the patients in one practice. An EMR allows a clinician to track data over time, easily identify which patients are due for preventative screenings, check how patients are doing on certain parameters such as blood pressure readings or vaccinesand monitor and improve overall quality of care within the practice.
An EMR is said to make the process of patient record-keeping easier, more accurate and comprehensiveand more efficient. Doctors use specialized software, which allows them to enter information electronically and makes and patient’s complete history available immediately. Physicians can use a desktop, laptopor electronic clipboard to navigate though patients’ charts and record notes.updated February 15, 2012