Encyclopedia of Systems Biology

2013 Edition
| Editors: Werner Dubitzky, Olaf Wolkenhauer, Kwang-Hyun Cho, Hiroki Yokota

Electronic Health Records

  • Jesus BisbalEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-9863-7_222



An electronic health record (EHR) is the digital representation of health-related information about an individual. It provides a unified view over all relevant information, irrespective of where and how this data is created or managed. Its primary purpose is to improve the delivery of health care, including, but not limited to, increased efficiency and reduction of human errors (Kohn et al. 2000).

It must be differentiated from an  electronic health record system, which is the software system which provides the functionality needed to create, manage, and exploit the information contained in a set of electronic health records.



The scope of an electronic health record refers to the range of information it contains. Ideally, it should provide a longitudinal, lifelong “cradle to grave” record of all...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departament de Tecnologies de la Informació i les ComunicacionsUniversitat Pompeu FabraBarcelonaSpain