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electronic medical record (EMR)

What is an electronic medical record (EMR)?

An electronic medical record (EMR) is a digital version of the traditional paper-based medical record for an individual. The EMR represents a medical record within a single facility, such as a doctor's office or a clinic. 

There are a number of different types of digitized health records that contain most of the same types of information. A personal health record (PHR), for example, is health-related documentation maintained by the individual to which it pertains. An electronic health record (EHR) is an official health record for an individual that is shared among multiple facilities and agencies. There are government incentives in many countries to standardize EHRs and ensure that every citizen has one.

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