The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Health IT Playbook

A Guide to Using the Playbook

A Guide to Using the Playbook

Investing in health information technology (health IT) can help improve value and quality in healthcare. Yet using health IT effectively is still a challenge in many practices.

Whether you’re part of a large health system or a small, local practice, this Playbook can help you make the most of health IT. You’ll find resources for every step of the process, from planning to implementation to reporting.

With the Playbook as your guide, you can:

  • Select and optimize technology for your practice (Section 1 and Section 2)
  • Share health information securely (Section 3)
  • Engage patients in their care (Section 4)
  • Reconfigure payments to incentivize value (Section 5)
  • Ensure privacy and security of personal health information (Section 6)
  • Deliver quality care that protects patient safety (Section 7)
  • Identify health IT solutions that meet the needs of unique care settings and specialists (Section 8 and Section 10)
  • Align health IT with quality measures and reporting (Section 7 and Section 9)
  • Find technical support for transforming your practice (Section 11)

This Playbook is also designed to help each member of the care team — including administrators and physician practice owners, clinicians and practitioners, and practice staff — understand their role in leveraging health IT. Check out the guidance below to see which sections of the Playbook might be most useful to you.

Consider reviewing the entire Playbook to learn how all team members can work together to make health IT work for your practice.

The Players

Administrators and Physician Practice Owners

Learn how to:

  • Plan, select, and implement electronic health records (Section 1)
  • Meet the requirements for certified health IT (Section 2)
  • Find and compare certified health IT products (Section 2.4)
  • Use APIs to expand health information access (Section 2.2)
  • Integrate federal privacy and security requirements (Section 6.2)
  • Reconfigure payments to incentivize value (Section 5)
  • Adopt health IT for unique care settings (Section 8)

Clinicians and Practitioners

Learn how to:

  • Optimize the safety and safe use of your EHR (Section 7.1)
  • Access and share patient information electronically (Section 3)
  • Engage patients in their care (Section 4)
  • Use health IT to improve population health (Section 9)
  • Adopt health IT for behavioral health and pediatrics (Section 10)
  • Perform a security risk analysis for your practice (Section 6.3)
  • Optimize the use of Health IT in your clinical workflow (Section 1.4)

Practice Staff

Learn how to:

  • Protect the security of patient information (Section 6)
  • Ensure quality and patient safety (Section 7)
  • Find practice transformation support for clinicians (Section 11)
  • Avoid common registration errors (Section 7.1)
  • Strengthen care management (Section 9.1)

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Content last updated on: January 23, 2017