Health information technology (HIT) is generating a great deal of interest in the health care industry. Theoretically, it gives us the ability to coordinate all existing medical knowledge about a patient and to incorporate new information on a real-time basis. By amassing relevant data electronically from many different sources (eg, drug companies’ clinical trials, health insurers’ claims data, and physicians’ documentation of patients’ medical histories), HIT could allow us to know more about patients more quickly and in greater detail than ever before.
"The Importance of HIT,"
Prescriptions for Excellence in Health Care Newsletter Supplement:
3, Article 2.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/pehc/vol1/iss3/2