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Encyclopedia of Public Health

pp 326-327

Electronic Patient Record (EPR)


Computer-based patient record


The electronic patient record (EPR) is a computer-based clinical data system designed to replace paper-based patient records. It includes a complete record of all the health‐related information of a person, including data on dental and psychiatric visits. This means that the electronic patient record combines all of the existing electronic medical records of one patient. On the other hand, unlike electronic health records, the EPR is accessible from a single, automated provider-based system (e. g. a physician's or hospital's system), but data confidentiality and security must be provided.

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