The past decade has seen strong bipartisan support for health information technology (HIT) as a mechanism for improving efficiency and quality, gaining more accountability and value in purchasing, advancing the role and engagement of consumers in prevention and health decisions, accelerating discovery and dissemination of new treatments and therapies, and sharpening public health monitoring and surveillance. Supported by federal incentives through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, information tools such as electronic health records (EHRs) have been implemented in nearly all hospitals and the majority of physician practices, as well as other sites of care. Electronic health records and other point-of-care information tools for clinicians have become an essential component of health care operations.
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