For the past few years the government has been vigorously working to improve the Healthcare Industry.  Multiple committees have been preparing for the day where providers will receive financial incentives to purchase and use an EHR.  Finally, in February 2009, this happened through the signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

You now are aware of the major differences between an EMR and EHR, and understand that as a provider, you must seek an EHR. 

Back in 2003, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) created a standardized EHR.  The IOM established eight core functions, to improve four key issues: quality care, chronic disease management, efficiency and feasibility. Continue reading: Core Functions of an EHR