Health Information Technology (IT)

Health IT can put medical information right at your doctor's fingertips, rather than relying on phone, fax or paper.

The effective implementation and use of health IT is absolutely essential for improving the quality and safety of health care. That's why the National Partnership has been there every step of the way — to ensure that it gets done right!

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About CPeH

Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) is a coalition of more than 50 consumer, patient and labor organizations working at the national, state and local levels to advance private and secure health IT in ways that measurably improve the lives of individuals and their families. Learn more »

Reality Bytes — Health IT Blog

Meaningful Use March Madness: SO/GI or Bust!
BACKGROUND: ONC released a Request for Comment (RFC) in December outlining its current thinking for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use. One recommendation includes requiring that certified EHRs have the functionality to collect sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI) data. The CLAIM: The collection of SO/GI information has little or no clinical relevance, makes both providers and patients uncomfortable, and is not yet sufficiently standardized. REALITY: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations experience significant health disparities; Meaningful Use offers an unprecedented opportunity to better understand and begin to address these disparities by making sure EHR systems are able to collect vital SO/GI data.

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Featured Resources

HIT consumer surveyMaking IT Meaningful: How Consumers Value and Trust Health IT
The National Partnership and Professor Alan Westin, Ph.D., commissioned a study that, for the first time, details consumer perceptions of the value of and trust in electronic and paper medical record systems. Read more »

Top Ten Consumer Benefits of Health Information Technology (April 2013)
The Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program (e.g. “Meaningful Use”) is an essential catalyst for improving the quality, safety and efficiency of care. Patients and families have already begun to experience early benefits, which will grow exponentially in coming years. Read more »

Consumers Respond to Senate White Paper (May 2013)
National Partnership’s Consumer Partnership for eHealth and Campaign for Better Care respond to a Senate white paper on the Meaningful Use Incentive Program. Citing the program’s accomplishments and benefits for patients, families and caregivers, consumers call for Meaningful Use to continue moving forward. Read more »

Blue Button Fact Sheet (May 2013)
Blue Button is an easy, secure way to download your health data. Already, several federal agencies and many private organizations are using it. For consumers, gaining access to the health information necessary for our health and health care, and the tools to make that information useful, are key benefits of health information technology (health IT). Read more »

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