January 10, 2019
As required by law, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released its 2018 Report to Congress. This annual report provides an update on the progress towards the nationwide adoption of electronic use and exchange of health information. The report concluded that the increase in adoption of health IT means most Americans receiving health care services now have their health data recorded electronically. However, this information is not always accessible across systems and by all end users.
The report included three recommendations for future actions: a focus on improving interoperability and upgrading technical capabilities of health IT; increased transparency in data sharing practices and strengthening of technical capabilities of health IT; and prioritizing improving health IT and reducing documentation burden and time inefficiencies.
More information on the ONC is available on their website.