January 2021

The Health Information Technology Special Issue: Innovation and Emerging Opportunities in Time of Crisis

January 20, 2021


A letter from the guest editor highlights the contributions of health information technology in improving health care delivery patient-centeredness through innovation in data analytics, connecting providers, and implementation of telehealth.

Using Natural Language Processing to Classify Social Work Interventions

January 20, 2021


Natural language processing can be used for automated extraction of social work interventions from electronic health records, thereby supporting social work staffing and resource allocation decisions.

Barriers to Accessing Online Medical Records in the United States

January 15, 2021


Patients’ access to and use of online medical records (OMRs) can facilitate better management of their health care needs; however, disparities persist. This study highlights the disparities among individuals’ OMR use and why individuals who are offered OMRs do not use them.

Cost Savings Associated With Electronic Specialty Consultations

January 14, 2021


This retrospective cohort evaluation found that patients receiving electronic, compared with face-to-face, specialty consultation had significantly lower health care costs for at least 3 months.

Addressing Evolving Patient Concerns Around Telehealth in the COVID-19 Era

January 07, 2021


With a rapid shift to telehealth during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, clinicians, health care organizations, and policy makers must consider and address patients’ evolving needs, concerns, and expectations.