As a sleep-deprived new parent, health IT allowed me to log into the patient portal and read all the instructions I didn't hear in the pediatrician's office. It let the on-call nurse look at my son's records at 1 a.m. on a Sunday morning and calmly coach us through our first ER visit for croup. Health IT means we can go on vacation and trust our records are accessible, even when the office is not.
I grew up with the small town doctor who treated every man, woman and child from an ever-expanding paper chart. My husband grew up moving from Army base to Army base, collecting an armload of paper along the way. Our son will grow up with a digital source of truth guiding an integrated team of caregivers, no matter where or how he lives. Health IT is one more reason our children will have it better than we did.