Consumer Toolkit

Health IT Resources for Organizations

Many organizations have recognized the benefits of health IT and are looking for ways to be involved and support the modernization of our health care system. These patient education materials are available to assist organizations in spreading the word about the value of health IT and electronic health records (EHRs) to consumers. Together, we are working in partnership with you to empower individuals to be partners in their health through health IT.

Fact Sheets on Health IT:

These fact sheets summarize important information on health IT, including the basics of health IT, the benefits for consumers, and how their personal health information is being kept secure and private.

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Putting the I in Health IT Video:

This video provides inspiring patient testimonials and informational interviews with representatives from the government on how health IT makes a difference in consumers' lives.

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Ensuring the Security of Electronic Health Records Video:

It is vital to do as much as possible to protect sensitive health information in EHRs. Find out more about how providers are keeping individual health information safe and secure through cybersecurity.

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Health IT Stories:

The best way to understand the value of health IT can be through personal testimonials from consumers and patients who have personal experiences using it to improve their health and health care. These videos are a small excerpt which represent many personal stories of consumers using e-Health and health IT tools to manage their care.

  • I’ve Seen the Disaster Averted”

    Hospital

    Dottie Bringle, R.N., is a hospital executive in Joplin, MO. Three weeks before Joplin's devastating tornado in May 2011, her hospital completed a switch to an EHR – so even though her hospital building was destroyed, doctors and nurses were able to provide care to Joplin residents in their time of need.

    Read about the benefits of EHRs

  • I Want My Kids to Have the Best Care”

    Mother and daughter

    Lilianne Wright, upon hiking in the Grand Canyon, suffered from severe stages of diabetic ketoacidosis, which brought her to the brink of death. Ms. Wright recovered, but found that managing her disease was and still is complicated, because her doctors can't easily share her medical records. Today, her two children are reaping the benefits of EHRs.

    Read how EHRs benefit patients

  • I Beat Cancer So I Could Dance at My Daughter’s Wedding”

    Father and daughter dancing

    Dave deBronkart read that he had only 24 weeks to live when his kidney cancer was discovered. But he beat the odds with the help of information gleaned from an online network for cancer patients. Now, as "e-Patient Dave," he encourages other patients to get involved with their own health care, starting with EHRs.

    Watch ePatient Dave tell his story

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Take the Pledge:

Have you read enough about health IT to know that your organization would like to take action to support the modernization of America's health care? The pledge to support health IT is a simple way to show your organization's commitment to empowering individuals to be partners in their health through health IT.

Putting the I in Health IT

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Last updated: Tuesday, January 15, 2013