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Report to Congress

February 2016


Update on the Adoption of Health Information Technology and Related Efforts to Facilitate the Electronic Use and Exchange of Health Information


This annual report is submitted pursuant to Section 3001(c)(6) of the Public Health Service Act and Section 13113(a) of the HITECH Act

Prepared by:

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
Office of the Secretary, United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
HealthIT.gov

Submitted To:

U.S. Senate

The Honorable Lamar AlexanderSenator Lamar Alexander (R - TN)
http://www.alexander.senate.gov/

, Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
The Honorable Patty MurraySenator Patty Murray (D - WA)
http://www.murray.senate.gov/

, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

The Honorable Orrin G. HatchSenator Orrin G. Hatch (R - UT)
http://www.hatch.senate.gov/

, Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance
The Honorable Ron WydenSenator Ron Wyden (D - OR)
http://www.wyden.senate.gov/

, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Finance

The Honorable Thad CochranSenator Thad Cochran (R - MS)
http://www.cochran.senate.gov

, Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations
The Honorable Barbara A. MikulskiSenator Barbara A. Mikulski (D - MD)
http://www.mikulski.senate.gov/

, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Appropriations

The Honorable Roy BluntSenator Roy Blunt (R - MO)
http://www.blunt.senate.gov

, Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
The Honorable Patty MurraySenator Patty Murray (D - WA)
http://www.murray.senate.gov/

, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Kevin BradyRepresentative Kevin Brady (R - TX, 8th district)
http://kevinbrady.house.gov

, Chairman, House Committee on Ways and Means
The Honorable Sander LevinRepresentative Sander Levin (D - MI, 9th district)
http://levin.house.gov/

, Ranking Member, House Committee on Ways and Means

The Honorable Harold RogersRepresentative Harold Rogers (R - KY, 5th district)
http://halrogers.house.gov/

, Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations
The Honorable Nita M. LoweyRepresentative Nita Lowey (D - NY, 17th district)
https://lowey.house.gov/

, Ranking Member, House Committee on Appropriations

The Honorable Tom ColeRepresentative Tom Cole (R - OK, 4th district)
https://cole.house.gov/

, Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies
The Honorable Rosa DeLauroRepresentative Rosa DeLauro (D - CT, 3rd district)
https://delauro.house.gov/

, Ranking Member, House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

The Honorable Fred UptonRepresentative Fred Upton (R - MI, 6th district)
https://upton.house.gov/

, Chairman, House Committee on Energy and Commerce
The Honorable Frank PalloneRepresentative Frank Pallone (D - NJ, 6th district)
https://pallone.house.gov/

, Ranking Member, House Committee on Energy and Commerce

The Honorable Lamar SmithRepresentative Lamar Smith (R - TX, 21st district)
https://lamarsmith.house.gov/

, Chairman, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
The Honorable Eddie Bernice JohnsonRepresentative Eddie Johnson (D - TX, 30th district)
http://ebjohnson.house.gov/

, Ranking Member, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Contents

Executive Summary

Introduction

Critical Actions

    Read about all critical actions

  • Current Health IT Landscape
  • Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020
  • Interoperability Roadmap
  • Delivery System Reform Efforts
  • Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs
    • Stage 3 of the EHR Incentive Programs
  • 2015 Edition Final Rule
  • Final 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory
  • Precision Medicine Initiative
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Data Infrastructure
  • ONC-Funded Grant Award Programs
    • Advancing Interoperability & Health Information Exchange
    • Community Health Peer Learning Program
    • Workforce Training Program
  • Patient Safety
    • Patient Safety Roadmap
    • Partnerships to Foster Patient Safety Measurements
  • Actions to Enhance the Privacy an Security of Electronic Health Information
    • New Privacy and Security Requirements included in the 2015 Edition Final Rule
    • Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information and Educational Video
    • Electronic Consent Management: Landscape Assessment, Challenges, and Technology
    • Actions to Improve Security and Cybersecurity

Health IT Progress Update

    See all progress updates

  • Progress on Health IT Adoption & Use
    • Electronic Health Record Adoption by Physicians and Hospitals
    • Individual Access to Electronic Health Information and Use of Health IT
  • Health Information Exchange & Interoperability
    • Health Information Exchange among Ambulatory Providers
    • Health Information Exchange among Hospitals
    • Health Information Exchange with Public Health Entities

Key Barriers

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  • Health IT Adoption Across the Care Continuum
    • Behavioral Health Providers
    • Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Providers
    • Health IT Transparency
  • Interoperability Challenges
    • Policies Supporting Health Information Exchange
    • Expose and Discourage Health Information Blocking
  • Privacy & Security
    • Variation in State and Federal Privacy Laws
  • Safety and Usability Challenges
    • Need for Health IT Safety Collaborative

HHS Efforts to Gather and Use Recommendations

    Read about all HHS efforts

  • Federal Advisory Committees
    • Health IT Policy Committee's Report to Congress on Interoperability Barriers and Challenges
    • Health IT Policy Committee Health Big Data Recommendations

Conclusion

Statutory Requirements

Section 13113(a) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 under Title XIII of Division A, part of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act:

(a) REPORT ON ADOPTION OF NATIONWIDE SYSTEM.—Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act and annually thereafter, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall submit to the appropriate committees of jurisdiction of the House of Representatives and the Senate a report that—

  • 1. Describes the specific actions that have been taken by the federal government and private entities to facilitate the adoption of a nationwide system for the electronic use and exchange of health information
  • 2. Describes barriers to the adoption of such a nationwide system
  • 3. Contains recommendations to achieve full implementation of such a nationwide system

The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) submitted the first report required by section 13113(a) on January 17, 2012 with subsequent submissions on June 21, 2013 and October 9, 2014. This report is the annual update to the previous submissions.

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