Electronic medical records (EMR), also called electronic health records (EHR), allow medical practices to replace traditional patient charts with computerized systems. These systems store physicians’ notes, x-rays, prescriptions, and other medical information in electronic format rather than paper files. They make searching for, retrieving, and sharing patient data easier and more efficient. EMR systems have also proven to reduce malpractice by curtailing mistakes caused by poor handwriting and calling attention to possible drug interactions. EMR also help ensure that your practice complies with the privacy regulations and security standards set forth by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).