ONC: After EHR Adoption, Patient Data Access, Exchange Are Key

January 10, 2019 - Although the US healthcare industry has nearly ubiquitously transitioned to EHRs and other electronic documentation, challenges remain for patient data access, according to the 2018 ONC Annual Report to Congress. The report, presented to Congress at the end of last year, outlined some of the progress made since EHRs became a mainstay in healthcare. Since 2015, EHR use and patient...

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