What is an electronic health record?

The most basic definition of an electronic health record, frequently called and EHR, is a digital version of a patient’s complete medical record.

EHRs are real-time, patient-centered records that make information available instantly and securely to authorized users across more than one healthcare organization. They contain information from all clinicians involved in a patient’s care including their medical history, diagnoses, medications, treatment plans, immunization dates, allergies, radiology images and laboratory and test results that providers can use to make care plans.