The Internet has changed every facet of our daily lives. Why should health care be any different? In fact, more than 3 in 4 office-based physicians use some form of electronic health record, which is up from just 18% in 2001. These electronic records can be especially helpful for those recovering from drug addiction or alcoholism. EHRs are just one example of health information technology, or health IT, which can help people take an active role in their health care. Even something as simple as downloading a smartphone app to set medication reminders or track disease symptoms.
Health IT can even be as involved as allowing your providers to coordinate care, including where a person is in their recovery process, or even medications to avoid. Studies have also found that people who take advantage of health IT-related programs are more engaged in their own health care, which leads to better outcomes.