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Date:1/14/2009

rovides easy access to comprehensive patient records electronically, thus making it easier to see a patient's medical history;
  • Helps providers track patient care in order to reduce duplication of services, address patient issues, and coordinate care with care managers;
  • Offers providers access to reference materials during a patient visit;
  • Provides clinicians real-time guidance on standards of care; and
  • Sends reminders and prompts to patients about visits, tests, and recommendations and prescriptions.
  • Unfortunately, the health system is not yet routinely using HIT to improve Americans' care quality. Only one in five (20 percent) of U.S. patients has computerized health records.

    The PFCD Policy Platform can be accessed at: http://www.fightchronicdisease.org/issues/policy.cfm

    About the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease:

    The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a national coalition of patients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups, and health policy experts committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the U.S.: chronic disease. For more information about the PFCD and its partner organizations, please visit: http://www.fightchronicdisease.org.


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