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Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology (Health IT) is an evolving infrastructure that supports the management of health information and secure information exchange across computerized systems to enhance healthcare quality and delivery.

General Resources

  • Health IT Playbook: The Health IT Playbook was developed by The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and designed to provide practical, technical, and workflow assistance including tools and resources that providers and practices can leverage when implementing and optimizing health IT, including electronic health records (EHRs).
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  • Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020
    ONC's Health IT Strategic Plan explains how the federal government will apply the effective use of health information and technology to help the nation achieve high-quality care, lower costs, and a healthy and engaged population.
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  • Interoperability Initiatives Environmental Scan
    HIMSS resource that provides the current landscape and location of where interoperable health information exchange occurs throughout the country.
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  • Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement Resource Center
    Provides tools and resources for the development, testing, certification, implementation, reporting, continuous evaluation of electronic clinical quality measures and their improvement.
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  • Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL)
    ONC tool providing comprehensive list of health IT that have been tested and certified through the ONC Certification Program
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  • ONC Health IT Complaint Form
    ONC tool for users to share issues and concerns related to health IT products including health IT certification, safety, usability, and information blocking.
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  • Clinician Perspectives on Electronic Health Information Sharing for Transitions of Care
    Results of a survey that reveals an overwhelming majority of clinicians believe that the electronic exchange of health information will have a positive impact on improving the quality of patient care, coordinating care, meeting the demands of new care models, and participating in third-party reporting and incentive programs.
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  • Health Information Privacy and Security (HIPSC) Toolkit
    HIPSC addresses barriers to health information exchange and aims to effectively address privacy and security issues pertinent to electronic health information exchange through multi-state collaboration. The purpose of the toolkit is to increase provider awareness of the privacy and security benefits and challenges of HIE.
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  • AMA-MGMA Selecting a Practice Management System Toolkit
    Information and resources on how to select a practice management system.

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ACP Health IT Advocacy Positions

Read what the College has to say about health IT.

ACP Advocacy Positions

Electronic Health Records (EHR)

Greater use of health IT, including the use of electronic health records (EHRs), the implementation of systems to enable electronic prescribing by physicians, and health information exchanges have the potential for improving the quality of patient care, reducing medical errors, increasing efficiency, reducing administrative costs, and achieving substantial cost savings.

  • AmericanEHR Partners is a web-based resource for EHR system selection/implementation developed by the American College of Physicians and Cientis Technologies.
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More EHR Resources

Quality Payment Program – Promoting Interoperability Performance Category

The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs — also known as Meaningful Use — was rolled into the Quality Payment Program under MACRA and renamed Promoting Interoperability. The performance category is one of four under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System track and focuses on electronic exchange of information, patient access, and public health reporting through the use of certified electronic health record technology.

Promoting Interoperability Resources

Innovate with ACP

The field of digital health technology is exploding with solutions that aim to transform how medical care is delivered and to enhance the partnership between physicians and their patients.  The American College of Physicians wants to help that promise become a reality by widening its support for innovation in medicine.

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