EHR EMR PMS and all the Other Abbreviations

I came across an EMR’s website and found something quite interesting. Besides the fact that it is open source it had a list that I thought portrayed my problem with all the acronyms and names associated with Electronic Medical Records. Here’s the list:

MirrorMed is a free and open source Electronic Health Record.
MirrorMed is a free and open source EHR.
MirrorMed is a free and open source Electronic Medical Record.
MirrorMed is a free and open source EMR.
MirrorMed is a free and open source Medical Practice Management System.
MirrorMed is a free and open source Health Practice Management System.
MirrorMed is a free and open source Medical Billing System.

I guess this is the list of what I’m really talking about on the site. Although, I usually shy away from billing for now, but I’ll take on that beast later. I will post what I find out about billing, and I’m really for having an integrated billing with EMR. I digress!

In order to work on understanding all the names I plan on making a page devoted to explaining some terms. Watch for that in the next couple months.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

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1 Comment

  • Hello,
    This is Fred Trotter the current project manager of MirrorMed. I just wanted to explain the reason why I listed those terms the way I did. Mostly it has to do with Google, and how it ranks the site. As a new project, it was important that Google understood that MirrorMed is an Open Source EHR. As an interesting excerise, you can compare the popularity of the search terms EHR and EMR on Google Trends. You will find that EMR is by far the more popular term.

    I have known people that insist strongly that EHR is the correct term. Mostly because mental health, dental, and other “health” providers can be at odds with the term “medical”.

    I would be glad to help you understand FOSS Medical Billing, FreeB was my first project…

    Regards,
    -FT

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