Health Information Technology ( Hit )

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Health information technology (HIT) has become a growing phenomenon in the past sev-eral years. Healthcare providers, organizations, policymakers, and patients all share a similar vi-sion of a healthcare system powered by information technology. These visions stem from the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009, which authorizes grants and incentives to promote the use of electronic health records (EHRs) by pro-viders. In the past couple of years, with the implementation of HIT and EHRs, the healthcare field has had an increasing amount of medical malpractice lawsuits. Unfortunately, with technol-ogy advancing more rapidly, causing medical professionals a difficult task in identifying and ad-dressing medico-legal issues before they occur. Therefore, healthcare teams are in need of con-sidering how to fix the underlying problems of HIT in order to ensure malpractice lawsuits do not continue to happen in practice. Area of Improvement According to resources and information, Health Information Technology needs to contin-ually be re-evaluated as to support organizations in the event of, or to deter, medical malpractice lawsuits. Medical malpractice lawsuits can be an expensive, long-term, and a defeating process for all parties. Unfortunately, healthcare providers have to continue to carry malpractice insur-ance, as these lawsuits can be costly not only upon the organization, but for the provider as well. A prime example of how
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