Information Technology in the Clinical Setting: A 70-Year Odyssey

In order to meet our collective goal of a healthier nation, we need information technologies that will make it easier for clinicians to do their work, improve the interaction between clinicians and patients as well as among all providers, and allow for the secure reuse of data for purposes that benefit our society at large. Some of these purposes include public health surveillance, research, emergency preparedness, and improvements in the quality of care delivered. This chapter provides a historical journey of the development of healthcare information technology (HIT) products and services, describes how these products and services are evaluated, and examines the critical role ...

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