About Health IT

What is Health IT and why is it a national priority?

A groundbreaking transformation is occurring in the health care industry in the United States. The federal government has partnered with healthcare stakeholders in the private sector to develop strategies to curb skyrocketing health care costs and ensure affordable, accessible and quality focused healthcare delivery.

An essential component of this medical revolution is the deployment Health Information Technology (Health IT). Health IT is the management of health information using the science of informatics and computer technology in healthcare  for the purpose of recording, storing, protecting, retrieving, transferring and analyzing medical information within healthcare settings. The field of Health IT bridges several professional disciplines including medicine and allied health professions, law, informatics, computer science, business, project management and research.

President Barack Obama has made the investment in “e-health” a priority for the U.S. Towards that end, the president is investing $56 billion dollars in the next five years to move the U.S. health care system to “paperless medicine” by encouraging physicians to adopt standards-based electronic health record (EHRs) and  by creating a national health information network. It is estimated that between 50,000 and 200,000 new jobs will be created in Health IT in the near future.

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