Health Data Management January 11, 2019
Greg Slabodkin

Despite widespread adoption of health information technology, healthcare data is not always accessible across systems and by patients, providers and payers.

That’s the assessment of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT when it comes to the electronic use and exchange of healthcare information nationally.

ONC summarized the current state of HIT and barriers to data sharing as part of its annual report to Congress, which was released this week.

“Today, most hospitals and healthcare providers have a digital footprint,” states ONC’s report. “However, hurdles to progress still remain.”

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