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EHRs are digital (computerized) versions of patients' paper charts. EHRs are real-time, patient-centered records. They make information available instantly, "whenever and wherever it is needed" and they bring together in one place everything about a patient's health. EHRs can:
One of the key features of an EHR is that it can be created, managed, and consulted by authorized providers and staff across more than one health care organization. A single EHR can bring together information from current and past doctors, emergency facilities, school and workplace clinics, pharmacies, laboratories, and medical imaging facilities.