Author Affiliations: Department of Family Medicine (Drs Krist and Woolf), and Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Human Needs (Dr Woolf), Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.
The health information technology movement focuses much of its energy on the use of electronic medical records by clinicians, but the use of information technology by patients carries equal promise. Outside of health care, the public routinely uses computers and smart phones to access information and perform tasks with a click of a button. Patients seek similar ease in accessing health information, but health care has been slow to develop information tools for patients of comparable functionality.1
Krist AH, Woolf SH. A Vision for Patient-Centered Health Information Systems. JAMA. 2011;305(3):300-301. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.2011