Clinical interoperability based on open standards.
Dr. Simmons has recently published a chapter in the publication by McNamara JA Jr., ed. (Taking Advantage of Emerging Technologies in Clinical Practice. Monograph 49, Craniofacial Growth Series, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 2012;9-18.) entitled The Electronic Patient Record: How it affects the Private Practitioner. This is a very good introduction to the electronic patient record, where the reader can find a long awaited, well formulated, definition and almost-side-by-side comparison of all those "-record" terms that keep floating around, such as: Electronic Health Record (EHR), Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Electronic Dental Record (EDR), Electronic Patient Record (EPR). Yes, they are all different!
A milestone in the field of medical standards education.tags: Electronic health record - Electronic Medical Record - Medical Software Standards