Most people are well aware of the difference between an EHR and EMR, but now there is a new extension for EHR in the market and it is being called a CHR.

Community Health Record (CHR) is a bit like an EHR and a personal health record. It has a few components of an EMR as well. In its essence, it is an attempt to utilize the Internet to enhance health care delivery and, eventually, health care status.

Unlike the usual electronic health records, the CHR aims at crossing provider and payer lines. A community health record is not limited to a particular provider or a medical practice. It offers you medical data collected by health care providers across a metropolitan area.

A community health record has a thin layer of data. A CHR features data from insurance claims filed by healthcare insurers, state immunization registries and pharmaceutical benefit management companies. Refined software of this category also contains laboratory results and other relevant medical data.

Now many prominent EHR developers such as athenahealth, Cerner and eClinicalWorks have also announced the incorporating of new data types, such as precision medicine, social determinants, and population health to make their EHRs more “comprehensive” and eventually evolve into a CHR. But this CHR is different from the one mentioned above. Earlier Epic Systems CEO Judy Faulkner also announced that the Health IT giant is aiming at transforming today’s common EHR into a Comprehensive Health Record, a.k.a CHR.

A Comprehensive Health Record is the broadening of the types of information offered in the traditional electronic health record. We expect different EHR developers will come up with interesting and facilitating ways of doing so.

A comprehensive health record and a community health record are two different things. Both have their benefits and both have been defined in detail in this post. So now we leave it to you, the clinicians and practice management staff to see which system would best suit your needs. If you find yourself confused, here is a list of quality Health IT software with their details and specifications to help you out.