According to a new Joint Commission report, the “adoption of healthcare information technology is key to hospital viability in the future.” Health care IT is essential in improving quality and safety in health care, says the report. As health care costs continue to grow and patient needs become increasingly complex, hospitals must respond to these challenges in new ways. The report discusses how health care IT can improve health care quality, increase patient safety and meet the challenges of older and sicker patients. Digital technology can be used to facilitate patient-centered hospital care and continue that care outside the hospital. The full report, “Health Care at the Crossroads: Guiding Principles for the Development of the Hospital of the Future,” may be viewed here.