What is an EMR?

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What is an EMR?

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In April of 2004 DeSpain Dermatology Center converted to electronic charting. Our Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system stores your medical information on a secure server that provides us with an efficient way to locate, update, and process your medical information. In April of 2005, President Bush set a goal of universal electronic medical records by the year 2015. Utilizing EMR is one more way that DeSpain Dermatology Center is using the latest technology in healthcare to serve you better.

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The Institute of Medicine has identified a set of eight core functions that an electronic medical records software system should have in an attempt to develop consensus on a standard, industrywide definition of an EMR. To date, the term has been defined many ways, making it difficult for physicians’ offices and health care organizations to adopt or buy systems that can operate with each other, said Paul Tang, MD, chair of the IOM’s Committee on Data Standards for Patient Safety. The IOM has forwarded its model EMR definition, commissioned by the Dept. of Health and Human Services, to Health Level Seven. The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based health care standards organization is working to develop the technical standards for each core functionality the IOM recommended that an EMR should have. Having a common understanding of what an EMR is will make it easier for physicians to buy and evaluate systems, said Dr. Tang, who also is an internist and chief medical officer at the Palo Alto (Calif.) Medi

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