January 28, 2020
On January 23, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a data brief on access and use of online medical records among cancer patients. The report found that while individuals recently diagnosed with cancer viewed their record at higher rates compared to those never diagnosed with cancer, online medical records appear to be underutilized by these individuals and there were missed opportunities for many individuals with cancer to benefit from access and use of online medical records.
Key highlights from the data brief:
Cancer patients are more likely to see multiple physicians to manage their complex diseases and electronic medical records are appropriate tools to help patients manage their diseases. ONC recommends physicians consider the important and unique characteristics of those with a recent cancer diagnosis as they expand the use of electronic medical information systems in their practices.
The ONC is tasked with providing leadership for the national integration of health information technology into the clinical care setting. More information can be found on the ONC website.