Health IT is essential for making significant advances in the three domains of a health system: personal health, healthcare delivery, and population health. The primary users are individuals and their caretakers in the personal health domain, health care providers in the healthcare delivery domain, and public health officials, researchers, quality monitoring organizations, and emergency "first responders" in the population health domain. Many groups and organizations have been working to use health IT to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of healthcare, while reducing costs, complexity, and market fragmentation. Our approach to accelerating the use of health IT combines the lessons that have been learned from these past efforts with expertise from other relevant disciplines, including medicine, economics, computer science and sociology.
Enabling end users both to modify the way they access health information and to combine together and tailor the features of different health IT application modules to meet their own unique needs and preferences is integral to improving health and well-being. With these abilities, end users will be able to create affordable, easy-to-use, up-to-date health IT solutions for personal health, healthcare delivery, and population health purposes. The result is end user empowerment in all health system domains.