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What is Health Information Technology?

The office of the National Coordinator for Health defines Health Information Technology (HIT) as "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 have moved away from paper medical records and are using electronic health records 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 VHIE allows Vermont providers to see a more comprehensive, accurate, and current medical history for patients while avoiding duplication of tests, preventing errors in prescribing medications, and increasing quality of care by making more informed decisions.

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