What is an Electronic Medical Record (EMR)?

An electronic medical record  is an electronic version of a paper chart that contains all of a patient’s medical history from a single practice. An EMR is used by doctors and other healthcare providers for treatment and diagnosis of patient issues. There are many benefits of using EMRs in a medical practice, including specialties like cosmetic surgery, dermatology, and med spas

EMR Benefits

An EMR has more benefits than paper records because it allows healthcare providers to:

  • Track patient data over time and reference the patient’s medical history
  • Identify patients who are due for screenings or preventative measures
  • Monitor how patients fall into certain parameters (i.e. vaccinations and blood pressure readings)
  • Improve overall quality of patient care in any practice

Another great benefit is that outside of a practice, it is not easy to share the information found in a patient’s EMR. The information stored in EMRs may have to be printed out and delivered by mail to specialists and other members of the care team if needed.


An electronic medical record contains the standard medical and clinical data collected in a single provider’s office. An electronic health record (EHR) goes beyond the data gathered in the provider’s office by including a more comprehensive patient history. EHRs are designed to contain and share information from all providers involved in a patient’s care, allowing collaboration between each of them. The data found in an EHR can be created, managed, and consulted by authorized doctors and medical staff from more than one health care organization.

Unlike EMRs, EHRs also allow a patient’s medical record to move with them to other health care providers, specialists, hospitals, nursing homes, and even across state lines. PatientNOW is a leading provider of EMR and EHR software, and we can provide you with the best type of software for your practice.