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Steve Blumenthal Explains the Difference Between EMR and EHR for HIStalk

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Steve Blumenthal authored an article for HIStalk this week, explaining the difference between an EMR (electronic medical record) and EHR (electronic health record). Both are digital versions of a patient’s paper chart, but the difference lies in what they are designed to become. The EHR provides not only patient health information but must also have the “capacity to do more—to provide clinical decision support, support physician order entry, capture and query information relevant to health care quality and exchange electronic health information with other sources.” Steve draws on an analogy of an EMR being an earthworm and an EHR being a caterpillar to further explain the difference.

Steve is a business and corporate law attorney in Nashville whose practice includes both traditional commercial transactional work and innovative technology and data privacy work. He recently held a webinar on EHR contracts with HIStalk, a healthcare IT news and opinion resource.

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