Clarify the difference between an EMR and an EHR


Electronic Record

If you remember from week one, we have issues with our records system.  As promised, I attended a seminar on integrating Electronic Records into an existing practice.  What I was hoping for was some clarification regarding electronic records, but now I am concerned about all of the information I was given and about where the facility is in the grand scheme of things as we only use paper records.  What I need from you is a two page informational paper discussing the following:

  1. Clarify the difference between an EMR and an EHR.
  2. Is our facility (a Primary Care Facility) required to obtain and operate a functional EHR by a certain deadline? If so, what is the deadline?
  3. What is “meaningful use” and why is it important to us?
  4. They kept talking about interoperability.  Why is that word important to us?
  5. What would be our first step as a practice if and when we need to move toward an EHR?
  6. Are we at risk for being penalized if we do not establish and Electronic Records System?
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