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Basics of Health IT

Learn how you can use health information technology (health IT) to better communicate with your doctor, learn and share information about your health, and take actions that will improve your quality of life.

Review Date: September 09, 2011

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Health Communication, Health Literacy, and e-Health

Improving health communication and utilizing health technologies are essential to promoting individual and population health. Find key tools, research and reports, and resources for public health and health communication professionals.

Review Date: June 03, 2011

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Accessing Your Health Information with the Blue Button

The Blue Button signifies that you can get easy, secure electronic access to your own health information in a format you can use. Through the Blue Button, you may have access to your claims or personal health information that is maintained by your doctors, hospitals, health plans, and others.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

EPA Mobile Applications

Find links to mobile apps on environmental health issues, including: air quality, Energy Star rebates, insect repellants, UV radiation levels, waste reduction, recycling, and more.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Fact Sheet on Health IT- (PDF)

The term, health information technology, refers to the electronic system health care professionals and patients use to store, share and analyze health information. Find out how Health IT can free you to focus on your health instead of on the everyday hassles of managing your health care.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

FDA Proposes Health App Guidelines

The FDA has proposed guidelines outlining the agency's oversight of a small number of mobile apps that could present a risk to patients if the apps don’t work as intended.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Health IT for You - Giving You Access to Your Medical Records (Videos)

Today's technology is converting the information in our paper records into an electronic format which allows you and your doctors to have access to your health information when and where it's needed. Learn more about the benefits of health IT.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

HealthIT.gov: Patients and Families

Learn how health information technology can lead to safer, better, and more efficient health care. Find tools and tips on protecting your health information privacy.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Healthy People Health Communication and Health IT Topic Area

Learn how health communication strategies and health information technology (IT) is being used to improve the health of all Americans. Find reports and related resources to see how the Nation is working to achieve Healthy People goals.

Review Date: June 07, 2011

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

How Can I Use Health IT and eHealth Tools to Manage My Health?

Find tools to help you access wellness resources, maintain your medical records, find quality health information resources, and more.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Patient and Family Resource Centers

Patient and family resource centers take a variety of forms from one institution to the next. Most begin as a consumer-oriented health library, usually offering information on community resources and services. Many expand to include opportunities for peer support and recreational reading.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

Institute for Family-Centered Care

Telehealth: When Health Care Meets Cyberspace

Telehealth is simply using technology, such as computers and mobile devices, to manage your health and well-being. Learn more about it so that you can take advantage of the array of telehealth tools.

Review Date: August 03, 2011

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

What Is an Electronic Medical Record? (EMR)

An electronic medical record (EMR) is a digital version of a paper chart that contains all of a patient’s medical history from one medical practice. An EMR is mostly used by health care providers for diagnosis and treatment. Learn about the benefits of EMR's.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

What is e-Health?

E-Health refers to using electronic (“e”) technology — computerization, digitization, the Internet — for improving or managing your health. Learn about e-Health tools and your rights to access and manage your health information.

Review Date: September 09, 2011

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Your Mobile Device and Health Information Privacy and Security

Physicians, health care providers and other health care professionals are using smartphones, laptops and tablets in their work. Find tips and information here to help you protect and secure health information when using mobile devices.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology