Health Information Technology

Health information technology (Health IT or HIT) describes the management and secure exchange of health information among consumers, providers, government entities, and insurance agencies. Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are a special focus of HIT. EHR's can assist in maintaining an accurate picture of a patient's health and to more securely share information between doctors. Using an EHR can replace paper medical records to maintain your health information.

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Personal Health Records (PHRs)

The GMR has set up a listserv to continue the conversation about EHRs and PHRs. To subscribe to EMR-GMR, send the command SUBSCRIBE EMR-GMR BARACK OBAMA to listserv at, replacing "Barack Obama" with your first and last name. Make sure the subject line is left blank.

HIT Resources

  • AHRQ
    AHRQ National Registry Center for Health IT
    American Health Information Management Association
  • Beacon Community Program
    Beacon Communities will focus on specific and measureable improvement goals in the three vital areas for health systems improvement: quality, cost-efficiency, and population health.
  • Certified HIT Product List (CHPL)
    Provides the authoritative, comprehensive listing of Complete EHRs and EHR Modules that have been tested and certified
  • Health and Data Standards
    Health Information Technology and Data Standards at NLM
  • HealthIT
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
  • Health IT Terms
    Glossary of Selected Terms Related to Health IT
  • Health IT Workforce Curriculum Components
    In April 2010, The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) awarded $10 million in grants to five domestic institutions of higher education to develop curriculum and instructional materials to enhance workforce training programs primarily at the community college level. The materials developed under this program will be used by the member colleges of the regional Community College Consortia as well as be available to institutions of higher education across the country.
  • HRSA Health Information Technology
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
  • MedlinePlus Connect
    Linking Patient Portals and EHRs to Consumer Health Information
  • MyPHR
    MyPHR - Resources for seniors, parents, the chronically ill and more.
  • Overview EHR Incentive Programs
    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Regional Extension Centers (RECs)
    Explanation of the the Regional Extension Center Program


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