Electronic medical records (EMR) and electronic health records (EHR) systems were originally developed as stand-alone systems serving one health care organization, such as a hospitals and large private practices. However, with increasing EMR integration incentivized by ARRA, EMR interoperability is becoming increasingly critical. While current systems are far from offering complete EHR interoperability, current efforts are focused on this aspect of EMR systems.

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