Becker's Healthcare January 10, 2019
Jessica Kim Cohen

Hospitals continue to struggle with data sharing, despite increased electronic documentation of patient health information, according to a report prepared by the ONC.

The ONC filed the 22-page report to Congress as a year-end summary on nationwide trends in health information exchange in 2018, including the adoption of EHRs and other technologies that support electronic access to patient information.

“HHS is committed to the use of health IT to support the free flow of health information for patients, healthcare providers and payers as well as to promote competition in healthcare markets,” the report reads. “Seamless data flow will also accelerate progress on a range of national health priorities that include combating the opioid epidemic, spurring clinical innovation and accelerating science.”

The ONC...