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HHS Launching Initiative to Track Physician Use and Burdens of HIT

Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched an initiative to measure HIT use among office-based physicians across the country.

The HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) awarded a cooperative agreement to the American Board of Family Medicine to measure the use and potential burdens experienced by office-based physicians. The results of the effort will provide ONC with national-level data on how office-based physicians use HIT, including key measures on interoperability and burden.

This effort builds on prior research that found, in 2017, approximately 80% of office-based physicians used a certified EHR, but only 1 in 10 of those physicians reported that they were able to electronically send, receive, find, and integrate health data from EHRs outside of their networks. Under the three-year cooperative agreement, the American Board of Family Medicine will do the following:

ONC expects the data will help identify disparities or unintended consequences due to the use of HIT and the impacts of federal HIT policies to guide future policy decisions.

Source: Health & Human Services