“Make a habit of two things: to help; or at least to do no harm.” – Hippocrates
Why do I bring up Hippocrates? Well, I believe the “father of medicine” would have an opinion on how Health IT could impact the patient, as it may influence the covenant of the Hippocratic Oath. Most discussion about adopting EHR technology is focused on the ROI for the physician or medical practice. While this is a justifiable priority, one may also consider how Health IT could affect the patient, their responsibilities, and the traditional patient/provider relationship.