Patient medical records play a crucial role in the overall process of treatment. Medical history of patients serves as the basis of diagnosis, line of treatment and patient management. The healthcare industry have gone a long way from manual process of patient medical record keeping to electronic medical records. The records are created in a digital format that facilities both doctors as well as patients. However, great benefit can be derived if these electronic medical records are stored centrally and linked to EHR (Electronic Health Records Software).
To many EMR and EHR are the same, however, in real practice there is a big different between the two. Electronic medical records are created by individual doctors for their use, however, EHR is the collective record of patient medical history across different clinics and hospitals. Collective records provide better scope for diagnosis and treatment. It wouldn't be wrong to say that EHR is the need of the hour.