Health Information Technology
Health information technology (HIT), including electronic health records (EHR) and electronic prescribing, makes it possible for health care providers to better manage patient care through the secure use and sharing of health information. HIT can help make available accurate, complete, and timely information about a patient's health, so that providers can give the best possible care, whether during a routine visit or a medical emergency. It can help reduce medical errors and allow providers to improve coordination of the care they give with other medical professionals, which is especially important if a patient has a serious medical condition or co-morbidities. This dashboard tracks the use of electronic prescribing and the adoption of electronic health records by physicians and hospitals. The national summary data for the measures that comprise this dashboard are presented below.