Electronic Medical Records
An electronic medical record (EMR) is a digital version of a paper chart that contains all of a patient’s medical history from one practice mostly used by providers for diagnosis and treatment. Electronic medical records, or EMR, is one of the most significant and innovative applications of information technology to date, and its prevalence is radically altering not just the medical community, but the U.S. economy as well. With the January, 2014, enforcement date of the federal EMR mandate, EMR-certified professionals are in high demand as all healthcare providers must prepare to demonstrate what the government terms “meaningful use” of electronic medical or health records in order to maintain existing rates of Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement. Employment prospects are typically strong for healthcare professionals with knowledge of healthcare and information technology, as well as the ability to satisfy the organizational challenges EMR adoption presents. EMR certification is a requirement for a number of positions in the field of health informatics, the specialized discipline that applies modern technology and research methods to the healthcare industry. Electronic medical records contain provider-specific patient histories, while their more advanced permutation, electronic health records (EHR), detail patients’ entire health and medical histories. As such, both systems promise a higher level of clinical care by facilitating communication and accountability between patients and providers.
Prerequisite: Successfully completed Electronic Medical Records certification course from any government licensed institute.