ONC Reports on Health Information Exchange Progress, Priorities

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently released its annual report to Congress on health information exchange adoption, as required by the HITECH Act of 2009. “As of 2015, 96 percent of non-federal acute care hospitals and 78 percent of office-based physicians adopted certified health IT,” the report notes. “However, hurdles to progress still remain. For example, many certified health IT products lack capabilities that allow for greater innovation in how health information can be securely accessed and easily shared with appropriate members of the care team.” See the reportfor more details.

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