You may hear your providers, or even someone from Peoples Health, use a word you do not know. Always ask for an explanation when this happens. For instance, you might hear the term electronic medical record (EMR) or electronic health record (EHR) or see it on a Medicare survey. Providers often use one or both of these terms to talk about a software system they use

What Does it Mean?

An EMR or EHR is a digital version of your medical records. It has information about your office visits, medical history and treatment plans. Your EMR is stored on a computer in the doctor’s office, which makes it easier for your doctor to access your health information. Each of your doctors has his or her own EMR for you.