Health Information Technology (HIT) – President’s Message: June 26

By Dr. Mary Campagnolo, MSNJ President

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services/Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, health information technology (health IT) makes it possible for health care providers to better manage patient care through secure use and sharing of health information.

Health IT includes the use of electronic health records (EHRs) instead of paper medical records to maintain people’s health information.

Improving Patient Care

With the help of health IT, we as health care providers will have:

  • Accurate and complete information about a patient’s health. That way we can give the best possible care, whether during a routine visit or a medical emergency.
  • The ability to better coordinate the care we give. This is especially important if a patient has a serious medical condition.
  • A way to securely share information with patients and their family caregivers over the Internet, for patients who opt for this convenience. This means patients and their families can more fully take part in decisions about their health care.
  • Information to help doctors diagnose health problems sooner, reduce medical errors, and provide safer care at lower costs.

Improving Our Nation’s Health Care System

Widespread use of health IT can also:

  • Make our health care system more efficient and reduce paperwork for patients and doctors.
  • Expand access to affordable care.
  • Build a healthier future for our nation.

For one-stop access to information on health IT from the U.S. Government visit HealthIT.gov.

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About MSNJ

Founded in 1766, the Medical Society of New Jersey is the oldest professional society in the United States. The organization and its dues-paying members are dedicated to a healthy New Jersey, working to ensure the sanctity of the physician–patient relationship. In representing all medical disciplines, MSNJ advocates for the rights of patients and physicians alike, for the delivery of the highest quality medical care. This allows response to the patients’ individual, varied needs, in an ethical and compassionate environment, in order to create a healthy Garden State and healthy citizens.

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