Fierce Health IT September 13, 2021
Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. hospitals had a hard time reporting public health information to authorities.
Seventy-one percent of hospital leaders surveyed in early 2020 said they experienced at least one challenge when attempting to electronically report to public health agencies during 2019, according to a recent data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
What’s more, about 19% of hospitals indicated that they experienced three or more challenges throughout the year.
Half of hospital leaders said they lacked the capacity to electronically exchange information with public health agencies throughout both 2018 and 2019, the ONC wrote.
Interface-related issues, such as cost and complexity, were the next most prevalent roadblocks, and...