electronic medical record (EMR)

An EMR, also known as an electronic health record, is a computerized record maintained centrally by a medical practice or health center to keep track of a patient’s care. It is an electronic version of a patient’s paper medical chart that maintains a patient’s medical history over time, including patient demographics, clinical notes, prescriptions and registries, web applications, and connection to personal health records kept by patients. It is usually constructed so that the data can be part of other systems, such as clinical workflow and decision support, and can safely exchange health information among entities such as collaborating providers.

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