Category: EHR | EMR


INFOGRAPHIC: The History of Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

Love them or hate them, Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are here to stay! We built a handy dandy infographic to illustrate the history of EHRs.  We hope you find the information useful and interesting.

What is an Electronic Medical Record or EMR?

An electronic medical record is a digital version of a patient’s paper chart. It encompasses the medical and treatment history of the patient in one provider’s office. Specifically, it can contain patient contact information, vitals, prescriptions, allergies, past medical history and more. In some cases, an EMR is also known as Electronic Health Record (EHR). The introduction of electronic medical records was designed to increase the efficiency and reduce documentation errors by streamlining the office […]

NYC e-Rx Legislation Deferred

For those of you practicing in the state of New York, you may be relieved to know that legislation has recently been passed to defer for another year (until March 27, 2016) a mandate that all prescriptions issued in the state be transmitted electronically.  drchrono currently supports the ability for Eligible Professionals (EP’s) to submit electronic prescriptions for non controlled substances and EP’s will continue to have the ability to print the correctly formatted eRX […]

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EMR vs. EHR – What is the Difference?

Users often ask us if they should implement an EMR or an EHR. Do you know the difference? Is there a difference? drchrono is an all purpose EHR, but some people use the terms “electronic medical record” (“EMR”) and “electronic health record” (“EHR”) interchangeably. While it may seem trivial, the difference is quite significant. The National Alliance for Health Information Technology (NAHIT) with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), have established […]

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Digital Health Companies Rush to Integrate with Apple’s HealthKit

Notwithstanding HealthKit’s aborted launch due to a software bug, digital health companies have jumped at the opportunity to integrate their products with Apple AAPL -0.69%’s HealthKit, a hub of personal health data that consumers can display in Apple’s new Health app in iOS 8. Many are betting that the tech giant has the clout and reach to make Health an indispensable tool for patients looking to engage with their doctors outside the clinic. “It’s going to be the […]

ONC Releases Final EHR Guidelines

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) on Thursday released a newfinal rule for electronic health records (EHRs), which increases the flexibility of the 2014 edition of certification and adds some criteria initially proposed in the 2015 voluntary EHR certification criteria now abandoned by the ONC. Although it believes that many of the reasons for creating a voluntary certification edition remain valid, the ONC opted to end its pursuit of this option after […]

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PRESS| INC500|drchrono Joins the Inc.500 List

drchrono announced today that Inc. magazine has added drchrono to its Inc. 500 List, an annual ranking of the nation’s 500 fastest growing private companies. “We are all truly honored to be included in the Inc 500.  I am personally really grateful to all of our customers who believe in drchrono’s mission to change healthcare for the better. Our customers are the reason we were able to grow so quickly and be ranked in the Inc 500 list […]

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How to Score a Brand Partnership

As is often the case where I work (the Bay Area), I hear about “brand partnerships” all the time. Some — like Starbucks’ recent partnership with Square — you may already be familiar with. And others? Well, they’re still twinkles in a startup CEO’s eye. Why are brand partnerships important? They involve a mutually beneficial exchange. For example, one company (Square) brings functionality to the table, while another (Starbucks) brings visibility. If you’re a newer […]

ICD-10 Survival Guide, how move from ICD-9 to ICD-10

Work on ICD-10 began in 1983 and was completed in 1992. The U.S. is now mandating everyone in healthcare moves over October 1, 2014,  22 years later. ICD-10 has been pushed back over and over again within the U.S. The U.S. is behind in moving to ICD-10 as ~25 countries have moved over for reimbursement and resource allocation. The U.S. government is pushing everyone in healthcare to ICD-10 compliance by October 1, 2014. 3 trillion […]

Vital Adds Fourth Doctor Appointment Booking Partner

Vitals, a website for reviewing and finding doctors, has partnered with DocASAP, maker of an online appointment scheduling platform for patients. Vitals will include DocASAP’s appointment booking feature on its profiles of physicians who are DocASAP users. This is Vitals’ fourth deal with an appointment booking company. The first was a partnership with EMR maker drchrono. In 2011, Vitals’ parent company MDx Medical acquired appointment booking company HealthLeap. Then in 2013, Vitals partnered with HealthPost to offer online scheduling […]