Health care providers see benefits of IT-based communication tools

12/8/2009 | For the Record

Medical providers are looking to adopt new ways of exchanging information, particularly text messaging, e-mailing and observations of daily living, to improve quality of care. One health executive, Beth Crowder of Charleston, S.C.-based United Physicians, highlighted the benefits of e-mail communication, saying, "Because of the ease and time-saving qualities of qualities of e-mail, physicians now have more opportunities to communicate with other physicians and patients ... not to mention the fact that it helps them become more compliant with HIPAA and the HITECH Act."

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