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Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology (HIT) 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 Information Technology: /hɛlθ ɪnfərˈmeɪʃən tɛkˈnɒlədʒi/


The term "Health Information Technology" is a combination of three words: "Health", "Information", and "Technology". "Health" comes from the Old English word "hǣlth", which has the same root as "whole". "Information" comes from the Latin word "informare", which means to shape or form an idea. "Technology" comes from the Greek words "techne", which means art or skill, and "logia", which means the study of something.

Related Terms

  • Electronic Health Record (EHR): An electronic version of a patient's medical history, that is maintained by the provider over time, and may include all of the key administrative clinical data relevant to that persons care under a particular provider.
  • Health Information Exchange (HIE): The mobilization of health care information electronically across organizations within a region, community or hospital system.
  • Personal Health Record (PHR): An electronic application through which individuals can access, manage and share their health information, and that of others for whom they are authorized, in a private, secure, and confidential environment.
  • Telemedicine: The use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient's clinical health status.

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