Health IT, or health information technology, refers to the multitude of technology tools used by physicians, nurses, health administrators, patients, insurance companies, government entities and others to compile, store, analyze and share health information. Health IT tools include electronic health records (EHR), personal health records, electronic prescription services, health-related smartphone apps and more.

For decades, the basics of patient care revolved around a generally accepted series of medical steps: evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.

Today’s healthcare is using a new ally to improve how patients feel by considering much more than their present condition.

Health information technology, or health IT for short, is now widely used by doctors, pharmacists and other providers to identify both short-term and long-term improvements to patient care.

Health IT, which encompasses an array of medical information specific to individual patients, encourages direct communication between providers to assess all facets of a patient’s life, from diet and exercise to genetic predisposition, in order for them to better evaluate and advise.