December 2, 2016 Conference
Big Data and Other Uses of the Electronic Health Record
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Dr. H. Peggy Chang, MEE (Presenter)
Speaker Session Topic
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, signed in 2009, committed federal resources to support the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). The goal of this program is to leverage information technology to improve individual patient care and public health. For patient care, EHRs assist physicians with improving accessibility of patient records, facilitating communication and information sharing between providers and patients, alerting to critical test results, averting known drug allergies or potentially dangerous drug interactions, recommending up-to-date guidelines in care, and more. By facilitating data exchange and the creation of registries, EHRs will also hopefully transform public health by advancing big data collection for surveillance and research purposes.