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“Health information technology (HIT) holds promise for facilitating vast improvements in care and, ultimately, in the health of Americans but achieving that potential remains a daunting task… Although EHRs laudably provide immediate access to patient data and electronic messaging functions, clinicians have been frustrated by the difficulty of using them to support care delivery and coordination. Transforming EHRs into effective clinical tools rather than a means of capturing information primarily for documentation and billing purposes will require progress on multiple fronts.”
Progress in this field includes integrating care, effectively implementing electronic health records, developing cross-specialization standards, creating functional teams, and more. If these progressions are implemented then healthcare providers can benefit from the many advantages that health technologies offer.