Report to Congress on Health IT Adoption and HIE

Posted on June 27, 2013 I Written By

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ONC recently posted the “Update on the Adoption of Health Information Technology and Related Efforts to Facilitate the Electronic Use and Exchange of Information.” The report provides updates on the adoption of health IT from January 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013. The report also describes CMS’ and ONC’s efforts to facilitate the nationwide adoption and exchange of electronic health information, identifies and discusses barriers to the adoption and exchange of electronic clinical data, and how HHS’ programs are helping to address those barriers.

Here’s the full PDF report.

These reports are always interesting, because they focus on all the very best angles for the data. Looking at the report it would seem that everything is happily moving along in the EHR adoption world and that we’re almost done with the implementation of EHR. Unfortunately, the reality is very different. We have made huge progress in adoption of EHR, but we still have a long way to go in use of EHR.

I also wish the report would have put more focus on the exchange of health information. I imagine they didn’t want to do so, because the numbers there are pretty bleak. We still have a long way to go and if they put the numbers out there for it, it would not be pretty.

I was intrigued by the final paragraph in the document. It basically suggests that healthcare IT is going to play an important role in the shift of how we pay for healthcare. This is a great question. Could the shift in healthcare payments happen without healthcare IT?