An Electronic Medical Record

What It Is, Why It Is Valuable, and Where to Start on the Journey

Health care organisations increasingly rely on the integrated electronic medical record (EMR) as they strive to meet the rising pressures to improve care quality and efficiency. But what exactly is an EMR?

Definitions vary throughout the world, creating confusion. An EMR can range in sophistication from a digital version of a patient’s paper chart within a 'best-of-breed' environment, to a far more integrated and complex system involving advanced clinical decision support (CDS), and analytics based on an operational data store (ODS) and enterprise data warehouse (EDW).

Discover the value of the EP(M)R and the benefits of integration

The true value of an EMR comes from advanced CDS and analytics functionality, which are contingent upon an integrated database and user interface. Read the full research brief to learn more about the two basic types of processes that occur within an EMR, the typical components of an integrated EMR, and our recommended 'stepping stones' to help you plan your EMR journey.

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