ONC Releases Data Brief on Use of Electronic Records by Office-Based Physicians

As required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) recently released a report on the use of electronic records by office-based physicians.

Overall the report found that interoperability among office-based physicians was relatively constant between 2015 and 2017. Key findings from the report are:

  • Physicians’ rates of electronically finding or querying data from outside sources increased by 50 percent between 2015 and 2017; however, rates of engaging in other domains of interoperability did not change during this period.
  • Physicians who used certified electronic health records and participated in value-based payment models had higher rates of engaging in each of the four domains of interoperability compared to their counterparts.
  • Among physicians who engaged in all four domains of interoperability, eight in 10 had patient health information electronically available at the point of care in contrast to one-third of physicians nationally.
  • About one in five primary care physicians electronically received emergency department notifications in 2017.

The ONC also released:


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