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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.

Members, discuss your experiences or pose questions of your colleagues in the Member Forum on Emerging Technology.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Clinician Perspectives on Electronic Health Information Sharing for Transitions of Care 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.
  • 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.
  • AMA-MGMA Selecting a Practice Management System Toolkit
    Information and resources on how to select a practice management system.
  • ACP Advocacy Positions
    Read what the College has to say about health IT.

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.
More EHR Resources

The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs — Meaningful Use

The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs — also known as Meaningful Use — provide financial incentives to eligible professionals as they adopt and demonstrate "meaningful use" of certified EHR technology through improved quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care.

Meaningful Use Resources

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