HHS Launches Initiative to Measure Office-Based Physician Use and Burdens of Health IT

What You Need to Know:

— Develop key steps connected to health IT utilize and the interoperability of health info,.

. Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) introduced an initiative to
measure health
information technology (health IT) usage among office-based doctors across
the country. As part of the effort, the HHS Office of the National
Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has actually granted a cooperative
agreement to the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) to determine the use
and potential concerns experienced by office-based physicians.

Why It Matters.

The results of the effort will supply ONC.
with national-level data on how office-based doctors utilize health IT,.
including key measures on interoperability and problem. Under the three-year.
cooperative agreement, the American Board of Family Medicine will:.

< -- ONC awards a three-year cooperative contract to the American Board of Family Medicine to develop crucial measures related to health IT use and the interoperability of health details, etc Goals of the Initiative. -- Collect information from a nationally representative sample of office-based physicians to support national-level development, and. -- Collaborate with ONC on the analysis and analysis of the survey results. -- HHS introduces an initiative to measure how office-based physicians utilize health IT, including key procedures on interoperability and burden. This effort constructs on prior research that discovered, in 2017, roughly 80 percent of office-based doctors utilized a. licensed electronic health record (EHR), however only one in 10 of those. physicians reported that they had the ability to electronically send, receive, discover,. and incorporate health information from EHRs beyond their networks. The ONC anticipates the data will assist determine. variations or unintentional effects due to making use of health IT and the. effects of federal health IT policies to guide future policy decisions.