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04 Feb

What is an EHR?

While we manage many acronyms in healthcare, this one is distinct in a few ways.  EHR stands for Electronic Health Record.  EHR differs from an Electronic Medical Record (EMR). This is because it is incorporating information for a patient from more than one data source.  How does this impact the patient and their records? Electronic Medical Records allow physicians to track a patient’s progress. EMRs also allow the practitioner the ability to track the patient visit to visit, inclusive of the specific office’s activity.  However, an Electronic Health Record goes a bit further!

What is an EHR?

Has your day included phone calls, fax reviews, and tracking down providers for signature? Can you evaluate your patient’s progression along a clinical pathway, understanding challenges to accomplish the next clinical milestone?  Visonex provides Clarity EHR, with patient pathways, provides decision support, and also has the ability to incorporate data points or information from external systems. Clarity, our web-based Electronic Health Record, is different than an Electronic Medical Record because of those extra capabilities. Trending, tracking, and providing clinical pathways assure facilities using our tools are equipped for success in quality outcomes. Understanding where a patient’s path is diverted allows an organization to review obstacles. It also allows health organizations to improve outcomes and build effective performance improvement tools.

Data Sources in an Electronic Health Record (EHR)

While the Clarity EHR system does provide a one-stop-shop for information such as demographics and lab data, our Analytical Data Warehouse (ADW), provides a robust pipeline for other sources of clinical data to populate the patient’s medical record. Things such as cardiology evaluations, hospital records, transient treatment information, can all be included as we advance in the quest for Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (CCDA). “Visonex Connect” can allow facilities to understand the total cost of health care. This is because “Visonex Connect” incorporates and alerts users to hospitalization information using statewide Health Information Exchange data. Can you imagine, knowing your patient is in the hospital and being able to interact with this acute event prior to the patient missing a scheduled chronic outpatient treatment? Taking advantage of Electronic Health Records and understanding the difference could impact your operational efficiencies.


At Visonex®, we focus on building a solid relationship and providing powerful tools to help you manage your patients with CKD through ESRD. Whether you chose to tap into our analytical capabilities, build your chronic disease care management platform with us, use our EHR, Billing, or Management Services, we provide more than health information technology solutions; it’s about ongoing support, service, and making sure you’re getting what you need to be successful. Email us to learn more about how this could impact your organization [email protected] or Request Information. Maximize patient outcomes, improve regulatory compliance, streamline workflows, and incorporate multiple sources into a single landing point for chronic disease management.  Now that is providing “Clarity” to a cloudy situation!

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