What will raise health IT literacy?
Attention to health IT is the straightforward answer. Being attentive means, as patients, we take the time to learn what a electronic health record (EHR) is and how it relates to our own personal health record. We take the time to ask questions during our physician visits and inquire what is being typed into our EHR and then ask for an electronic copy to be sent. Our attentiveness to what systems are being used and then asking “why” to understand their role in our health care.
Beyond our personal attentiveness, device and application vendors need to be better attuned to better design. Enhancing usability and exchange of data will better engage patients in their health IT literacy. Vendors need to raise their attentiveness to deliver great design, which should include patients in the process.
A generational change is underway, and we need to embrace this shift to raise health IT literacy in an effective and healthy way.
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