Monthly Archives: June 2012

“EMR” vs. “EHR”… what’s the difference?

Electronic Health Records and Electronic Medical Records are used across the healthcare IT industry seemingly without much differentiation in meaning. However, they do have their own definitions

According to Wikipedia, “The terms EHR, EPR (electronic patient record) and EMR (electronic medical record) are often used interchangeably, although differences between them can be defined. The EMR can, for example, be defined as the patient record created in hospitals and ambulatory environments, and which can serve as a data source for the EHR.  It is important to note that an EHR is generated and maintained within an institution, such as a hospital, integrated delivery network, clinic, or physician office, to give patients, physicians and other health care providers, employers, and payers or insurers access to a patient’s medical records across facilities.

“A personal health record (PHR) is, in modern parlance, generally defined as an EHR that the individual patient controls.”

Nearly all organizations across the healthcare industry recognize the interchangeable use of these terms, using the term they most prefer.

Five Ways to Get Patients to Pay Online

Online bill payment can reduce a hospital’s cost to collect while also satisfying patients. The challenge is getting patients to adopt this paperless approach to payment.

While this is directed at hospitals, it applies 100% to any ambulatory practitioner. Read Emdeon’s recommendations for reducing your costs:

Five Ways to Get Patients to Pay Online

For information on adding a Patient Portal with online bill pay, contact us at or (800) 747-9099.

From online publications, 06/01/2012.

Still time to register for Maryland Payor’s Incentive webinar next week

If you haven’t heard of this program or understand how to participate, you may be losing literally tens of thousands of dollars from your insurance Payors.

This is worth the hour of time to find out how you can collect on Maryland’s State Payor EHR Incentives of up to $15,000 per Payor!

Presented by Craig Behm, Executive Director of the Maryland State Medical Society’s MedChi Network Services (

Space is limited.
Thursday, June 7th, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Available to all Maryland primary care physicians.