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EMR vs EHR – What is the Difference?

What’s in a word? Or, even one letter of an acronym? Some people use the terms “electronic medical record” and “electronic health record” (or “EMR” and “EHR”) interchangeably. But at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), they use electronic health record or EHR almost exclusively. While it may seem a little picky at first, the difference between the two terms is actually quite significant. The EMR term came along first, and indeed, early EMRs were “medical.” They were for use by clinicians mostly for diagnosis and treatment.

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Data-Driven Human Rights: Using the Electronic Health Record to Promote Human Rights in Jails

 In the US, approximately 10 million people cycle through jails and prisons annually, with 90% of these incarcerations occurring in jails. Incarcerated persons tend to be poor, from racial and ethnic minorities, and have high rates of medical, mental health, and substance abuse problems. In addition to having high rates of pre-existing health concerns, the incarcerated face new health risks during incarceration, including injury from violence and mental health stressors.

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The Future of Behavioral Health Care

Expanded Coverage for all, including Mental Illness

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Know your Customers: Marketing for Health Care are Professionals

However good your clinic or program is, the simple truth is that no-one will buy it if they don't want it or believe they don't need it. And you won't persuade anyone that they want or need to buy what you're offering unless you clearly understand what it is your customers really want.

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Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) also called Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

Once your health and medical records are being kept, accessed, changed and updated digitally, using computers or tablets or other devices, they are called EHRs (Electronic Health Records) or EMRs (Electronic Medical Records).

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Mental Health Care Lags in Using Technology

Perhaps the most important medical advance of the 21st century will be the application of information technology to health care – allowing all segments of the mental health system to interact seamlessly and facilitate safe, high-quality care for consumers.  An integrated information technology and communication infrastructure is critical to achieving the transformation of mental health care in America.

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An Alternative to EMR Software: Digital Pen Technology

Many agencies do not need a complete electronic medical record. Some agencies or services within a larger organization that needs to use forms. They still need to maintain a record and because they are not electronic, are still keeping paper charts. A solution to that record-keeping-without-EHR-software problem is using a digital pen.

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Evaluating EHR software

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DSM IV phasing out and DSM 5 is replacing it - what you need to know

Change is coming with the use of DSM 5 and the elimination of the DSM IV.  What will the differences be and how will they affect clinical practice?  First we need to remember not to make a rush to certainty as it relates to the DSM 5.  We also need to remember that this is a process not an event.  A change is being made in how we label the diagnosis for our patients.  Using any tool for diagnosis is an art as well as a science.  Clinicians will still need to understand their patients to diagnose and help them.  The most important part is remembering that with our patients we are more concerned about what is causing them pain and where it is coming from than their diagnosis.

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Behavioral Health Practice Management: Disaster Planning

The reduction of waste in paper, time, and staff resources can be a key disaster planning tool for behavioral health practice management.

Reducing waste in paper, time and resources is something we’re all making strides towards – whether from a “green” standpoint (being sustainable in our use of paper resources) or working with fewer staff to get an ever-larger workload done to working more efficiently. But there’s another side to reducing waste time in these resources.

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