Healthcare IT

Healthcare IT is the function of information processing that deals with the storage, recovery, distribution, and use of health care data for decision making and communication purposes.

Healthcare IT deals with the use of electronic health records (EHRs) instead of paper medical records to better supervise patient care through protected use and sharing of health information.

In recent years, the government has been driving the adoption of healthcare IT by enacting HIPAA.  The act’s standards are intended to improve the efficiency of the American health care system and push the use of electronic health records in the nation’s health care system.

Healthcare IT allows healthcare providers to receive accurate and complete information about a patient’s health.  It also allows patients to securely access their medical records over the internet.  The use of healthcare IT can ultimately make health care systems more efficient, decrease medical errors, and supply more reliable care at reduced costs.

Healthcare IT makes it possible for health care providers to better manage patient care through secure use and sharing of health information. This includes the use of electronic health records instead of paper medical records to maintain people’s health information.