The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on Oct. 9 submitted its annual report to Congress updating lawmakers on the nationwide adoption of health IT and health information exchange. Though “significant” progress has been made, ONC acknowledges that key barriers remain.

As evidence of progress, ONC’s 2014 report points to widespread participation among eligible hospitals and professionals in the EHR Incentive Programs. According to the report, as of June 2014, 75 percent (403,000+) of the nation’s eligible professionals and 92 percent (4,500+) of eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals had received incentive payments under the program. In addition, ONC claims that six in 10 hospitals (59 percent) and one-half of physicians (48 percent) have adopted basic EHRs.

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