What is an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) – Meaning, Applications And Advantages

emr-A Finger pointing to an Electronic Medical Record

Let’s discuss EMR.

Millions of people are falling victims to several diseases everyday. There is so much potential for information technology to play its role in the betterment of such a scenario. Yet, somehow, the healthcare sector is still lagging behind in terms of information technology. Therefore, it’s high time the world focused more on healthcare information technology (Healthcare IT) for an efficient healthcare management system.  

Let’s look at a simple yet game-changing solution to this problem.


EMR – short for Electronic Medical Record

What is the meaning of EMR?

EMR is a collection of medical records of a patient, in a digital or electronic format.

EMRs can be used to record medical information of a patient, including the age, prescriptions, medications taken, heart status and several others. In other words, EMR is a replacement to the stacks of prescriptions and medical records of patients piled up in clinics and hospitals, which could probably add one more prescription for dust allergy!



EMR is used in:

  • Hospital management systems or Health management information system (HMIS)
  • Lab management systems or Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
  • Clinic management systems or Practice management system
  • Medical store management systems.

Just like appointment scheduling software and medical billing software, EMRs also have the potential to play a huge role in the betterment of the healthcare management in India.



EMR has the following advantages:

  • The doctor need not depend on the memory of the patient in order to gain information about their medical history if there is a ready-to-use patient record.
  • A direct line of communication established between the doctors and clinical laboratories while collecting the test results of the patient saves ample time, increases effectiveness and encourages continuity.
  • The doctor need not unnecessarily ask the patient to repeat certain tests. This saves a lot of time, money and leads to the overall contentment of the patient.
  • A comprehensive medical record of the patient empowers the doctor to prescribe accurate treatments without providing over-medication. It also saves the doctor from taking so much effort in re-analysing the health status of the patient.
  • The patient need not worry about carrying so many medical records, such as prescriptions and test results, or losing them. EMR systems, being a completely paperless system, solves this issue.


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