The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released a very good video that explains the push towards Electronic Health Records (EHR). The video is aimed at patients so they understand Health IT and the push to upgrade technology. From the ONC website:
Health Information Technology, or Health IT for short, is upgrading our healthcare system for the 21st Century. Today’s technology is converting the information in our paper records into an electronic format which allows you and your doctors to have access to your health information when and where it’s needed. Learn more about the benefits of health IT and how online, secure access to your health record can help make sure you get the best care.
There are 2 version of the video, the 3 minute and 1 minute versions.