Health IT on the Move: Logjam on Patient Privacy Breaks


Health information technology (health IT) ? such as the adoption of electronic health records that can be accessed and shared electronically, e-prescribing (where doctors can prescribe pharmaceuticals electronically), and electronic test ordering ? can prevent medical errors, increase the quality and effectiveness of care, and lower costs. Federal legislation promoting the adoption and use of health IT has been slowed down to address concerns that there may not be adequate patient privacy protections. However, the privacy logjam has finally broken and health IT legislation may well pass in the next month or two.

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