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Discussion Briefs

Connected Health: Information Technologies for Providers

The percentage of office-based physicians with electronic health records (EHRs) is up to 78% since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act authorized incentive payments for eligible providers to encourage EHR adoption in 2009 (CDC, 2013). EHRs, however, are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to technological innovations in healthcare.

GHDonline hosted an Expert Panel in collaboration with the 2013 Connected Health Symposium, as part of the US Communities Initiative. Panelists discussed information technologies (IT) and how they can properly facilitate and enhance patient-centered care, surrounding health technologies for providers to highlight the many tools and innovative technologies available to clinicians. Participants discussed a range of topics, from the standardization of health information collection, to data outside of an EHR (para-EHR), and initiatives that are using and developing new technologies in effective ways.
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