Electronic health information can make patients part of their health care team and help ensure they get the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

Secure, electronic health information can improve your health care: it is the gateway to greater patient and family engagement, it can improve health outcomes, and improve care coordination among doctors and patients.

We’ve all heard what happens when patients get the wrong care, at the wrong place, at the wrong time–needless duplicative tests, the wrong medication or the wrong dosage, even the wrong surgery.

Many mistakes might have been avoided if you or your doctor had immediate, secure access to your full medical history, including prescriptions and treatments from other doctors. And more efficient care is also more cost effective care.

While it’s vital that medical care providers adopt and use electronic health information, patients should too. Electronic health information, like on-line banking, can empower you to be more informed and engaged in improving your care. Consumers Union wants to help. Take a look at our video and our principles for the adoption of strong, secure electronic health information systems.