PT Documentation Software Expert Nitin Chhoda Explains the Differences Between an EMR and an EHR

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Physical therapy documentation software expert Nitin Chhoda today announced the release of a short video which explains the differences between an EMR and an EHR. Both the acronyms pertain to patient medical records which are stored and retrieved electronically, but there is a big difference between the two when it comes to the accessibility of the records.

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An EMR can greatly simplify many of the processes that occur on a daily basis at physical therapy clinics and other professional healthcare organizations.

An EMR (electronic medical record) system is mainly used ‘in-house’ by health clinics, hospitals and doctor’s offices and provides a means to store and retrieve patient records.
Chhoda said, “An EMR can greatly simplify many of the processes that occur on a daily basis at physical therapy clinics and other professional healthcare organizations.”

There are many benefits to a well deployed EMR for physical therapy services some of which extend to EHR records. An electronic health record (EHR) is a record which can be shared across numerous health care organizations and may include a patient’s entire medical history.

In the video Nitin Chhoda explains how an EHR is an aggregate of a patient’s medical record that’s shared across multiple entities.

“I’ve been a physical therapist for ten years and I recently went out on my own. I just want to say thanks for all the helpful information you have on this website. This is the first place I come to when I’m doing research or if I hear of something new that affects physical therapy management.” – Sandy Brown

A patient’s EHR may be shared via the Internet which is one of the major advantages of creating and maintaining patient records electronically. Former president George W. Bush pushed for legislation that would standardize electronic medical records and in 2009 president Obama sited implementing EMRs across the board by 2014 as an element of his total economic plan.

President Obama said the primary benefit of electronic medical records would be the reduction of preventable medical errors some of which are often fatal. Other benefits include a reduction in man-hours for record processing, streamlined procedures and the elimination of duplicate tests across medical offices.

Chhoda’s office can be reached by phone at 201-535-4475. For more information, visit the website at

Nitin Chhoda PT, DPT is a licensed physical therapist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and an entrepreneur. He is the author of "Physical Therapy Marketing For The New Economy" and “Marketing for Physical Therapy Clinics” and is a prolific speaker, writer and creator of products and systems to streamline medical billing and coding, electronic medical records, health care practice management and marketing to increase referrals. He has been featured in numerous industry magazines, major radio and broadcast media, and is the founder of Referral Ignition training systems and the annual Private Practice Summit. Chhoda speaks extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Asia. He is also the creator of the Therapy Newsletter and Clinical Contact, both web-based services to help private practices improve communication with patients, delivery better quality of care and boost patient retention.

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