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ONC Urges Progress in Upgrading US Health IT Infrastructure

January 10, 2019 / Fred Donovan

Collaboration and innovation are vital to progress in upgrading the US health IT infrastructure, said ONC in its annual report to Congress. The report backed full support for implementing the health IT provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act. In addition, the report recommended that health IT stakeholders take the following actions to accelerate improvement in the US health IT infrastructure: Improve interoperability and upgrade technical capabilities of the health IT infrastructure, so patients can securely access, aggregate, and move their health information using their personal devices and health care providers can easily send, receive, and analyze patient data
Increase transparency in data sharing practices and strengthen technical capabilities so payers can access population-level clinical data to promote economic transparency and operational efficiency to lower care and administrative costs