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PTs and PTAs need to be part of the evolution in health information technology.

We're moving closer to a nationwide health information technology infrastructure, and the physical therapy profession must be a part of that evolution. APTA is aggressively pursuing avenues to assist physical therapists select and implement health information technology. Additionally, APTA is working with federal policymakers to educate them as to the importance of including physical therapists in HIT initiatives moving forward.

Why It Matters

While physicians and hospitals are the beneficiary of many of the federal government's initial efforts to encourage HIT adoption, they will expect the other providers they work with, including physical therapists, to use it as well. Patients may also begin to expect their providers to use HIT to manage their care.

Our Position

APTA supports legislative and regulatory efforts to include PTs and PTAs among the providers incentivized to increase HIT use, and encourages physical therapy professionals to educate themselves on this dynamic area of health care.

Additional Health Information Technology Advocacy Content

APTA's Advocacy Road Map: Empowerment for the Profession, Results for Patients

Feb 8, 2023 / News

The association's public policy priorities are aimed at unleashing physical therapy's potential to take on pressing health care challenges.

Info Blocking Report: Patients Drive Complaints; Providers the Frequent Target

Mar 2, 2022 / News

HHS makes it clear that the new rules should be taken seriously. An APTA practice advisory can get you up to speed.

Information Blocking Rules: The Basics

Jun 1, 2021 / Column

New federal regulations that impact the exchange of health information took effect in April, and, while they will benefit both you and your patients, they also create complexities.

Regulatory and Advocacy Update, April 2022

Apr 14, 2021 / Podcast

This episode: telehealth legislation, information blocking, and more.

Understanding Information Blocking

Mar 10, 2021 / Podcast

In this podcast, we take closer look at the information blocking rule: and what it means for PTs and PTAs.

APTA Comments: ONC 21st Century Cures Information Blocking and Interoperability

May 20, 2019 / Comment Letters

We recommend that greater attention be focused on the “end-game,” which is better performance by all health care providers and improved health outcomes.