Learn About Health Information Technology

What is Health Information Technology?

As defined by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, it is the application of information processing involving both computer hardware and software that deals with the storage, retrieval, sharing, and use of health care information, data, and knowledge for communication and decision making.

Health care providers are moving away from paper medical records to electronic health records in order to improve patient care and safety. The work that VITL does is critical to this transition in health care and for the management of patient data. VITL operates the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE), a system that securely moves health information electronically across multiple organizations such as hospitals, primary care providers, home health, pharmacies and laboratories.

The "exchange" of health information means that Vermont providers have the ability to see a more comprehensive, accurate and current medical history for patients, resulting in avoidance of duplicate lab tests, preventing errors in prescribing medicines, and increasing quality of care by making informed decisions on treatments and services.

To help you more fully understand VITL's role in the health information technology industry, this section includes the following topics:

  • Patient consent
  • VITL Policies
  • VITL case studies and success stories
  • Information about Centers for Medicare and Medicate Services EHR Meaningful Use program
  • Links to important Vermont health care reform resources