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Health Information Technology

Get the latest information on navigating electronic health records, e-prescribing, and more.

The material provided on the following electronic health records (EHR) pages and documents are for information purposes and not an endorsement by the APA. This information is provided as a service to APA members by APA staff and its Committee on Mental Health Information Technology (CMHIT).

21st Century Cures Act: The Office of the National Coordinator: Interoperability and Information Blocking Final Rule Overview for Psychiatrists

When Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act in 2016, it included in it Section 4004, which specifies certain practices that could constitute information blocking. In May 2020, the ONC released its Final Rule for 21st Century Cures. An overview of the Rule, its complete text, and various Fact Sheets can be accessed here.

Resources: Choosing the Right EHR

APA's EHR resource page will help guide you through the health information technology (HIT) process and provide information on evaluating EHR vendors, EHR educational materials and tools, software listings and reviews, and a glossary of terms.

EHR: Frequently Asked Questions

View frequently asked questions by APA members who are shopping for an EHR system to meet their needs.

Privacy and Security

Find resources related to privacy and HIT, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy and security issues that affect psychiatry.

Electronic Prescribing

Learn about the potential advantages in making prescribing more efficient and safer and related resources.


Learn about the various aspects of telepsychiatry, including clinical, training, and policy considerations.

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