Since 2008, Healthcare Quality Reports has published information on how doctors are using computers to manage care for the patients they see. Beginning in 2013, Healthcare Quality Reports will publish information on how Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) and Physician Assistants (PA) are using computers to manage care for the patients they see. If you or a family member needs medical attention, this information can give you one way of comparing your physician, APRN, and PA to others in the area, and help you choose among them.
The Health Information Technology (HIT) Survey looks at how many doctors, APRNs and PAs use computers and how often they use them in their practice. Using computers is better than not, and high percentages of use are better still. It is important to remember that this is only one measure of the quality of care provided by your doctor.