Fundamentally, the EMR is the place where everyone involved in a patient’s care records and accesses information about the patient. As you have learned, the EMR is much more than a repository: you use its functionality to deliver care. The breadth of EMR functionality varies, but a report from the Institute of Medicine provides additional detail on which this chapter is based.2
Health Information and Data
A basic requirement of an EMR is the ability to store notes and review results such as laboratory, radiology, and other testing results. Managing this functionality is more challenging than it might seem because there is so much medical information relevant to a person’s health that clinicians are at risk for missing important ...