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.

Percentage of Office-Based Physicians Who Have Adopted Electronic Health Records

The use of electronic health records can reduce paperwork and administrative burdens, reduce medical errors and improve the quality and value of health care. 

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Percentage of Community Pharmacies Actively Filling Electronic Prescriptions on the Surescripts Network

E-prescribing provides significant advantages in contrast to its paper analog. Coupled with other complementary technologies, such as drug-drug interaction checking, e-prescribing can improve patient safety, increase prescribing accuracy and efficiency, and lower costs by notifying providers of generic or preferred drug list alternatives. 

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Percentage of Hospitals That Have Adopted Electronic Health Records at the Basic Level

Electronic health record systems include specific functionalities in the following areas of health care and administrative data management: patient demographics, patient problem lists, electronic lists of medication taken by patients, clinical notes, orders for prescriptions, laboratory results viewing, and imaging results viewing.

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