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EHR and Health IT Toolbox
By News Staff
Center for Health IT
Materials offered include
- resources on adopting EHR systems for individuals in all stages of the EHR adoption process;
- a project center that includes information on health IT incentives from the federal government, the Physicians Electronic Health Record Coalition, and standards development;
- various educational opportunities;
- a number of online tools; and
- news and events.
- information on meaningful use and what is required to receive federal incentive payments;
- information about the AAFP clinical data repository project;
- information about continuity of care records;
- tutorials on EHR systems;
- EHR product reviews from FP users; and
- a searchable database of physicians who are using a variety of EHR products (Members Only).
What's the Difference Between EHRs and EMRs?
EMR was the initial term used to refer to medical records primarily used by physicians for diagnosis and treatment. "EMRs are a digital version of the paper charts in the clinician's office," says the ONC. "An EMR contains the medical and treatment history of the patients in one practice."
On the other hand, EHRs do everything an EMR does, and more. "EHRs focus on the total health of the patient -- going beyond standard clinical data collected in the provider's office and inclusive of a broader view on a patient's care," says the ONC. EHR data can be shared and massaged by physicians and clinical staff across the broad spectrum of health care and follows the patient as he or she moves from physician to physician. "With fully functional EHRs, all members of the (health care) team have ready access to the latest information, allowing for more coordinated, patient-centered care."
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Family Practice Management Toolbox
Other resources include
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Health IT Adoption Toolbox and other resources;
American Health Information Management Association: Resources for Regional Extension Centers;
California Academy of Family Physicians: A Physician's Guide to Working with the Regional Extension Center Program;
California Academy of Family Physicians: EHR Implementation Tools;
California Academy of Family Physicians: Library of eTools;
the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics Health E-Stat: "Electronic Medical Record/Electronic Health Record Systems of Office-based Physicians: United States, 2009 and Preliminary 2010 State Estimates";
CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs;
CMS: Meaningful Use Overview; and
the Distributed Ambulatory Research in Therapeutics Network.
Getting Connected: A Special Report on Electronic Health Records