Health IT

Health IT

April 2013
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Health information technology (health IT) enables health care providers to better manage patient care through secure use and sharing of health information. Health IT includes the use of electronic health records (EHRs) instead of paper medical records to maintain people's health information.

Health IT is the federal website, with information for:

  • Providers and Professionals (e.g., trainings, information on meaningful use).
  • Patients and Families (basics on health IT, videos and other resources that explain how health IT gives individuals access to their medical records and helps clinicians improve care delivery).
  • Policy Researchers and Implementers (e.g., certification, HITECH programs).

Health IT is managed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).