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HHS Unveils Federal Health IT Progress Report

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The Department of Health and Human Services has released a progress report on the agency’s planning and implementation of health information technology programs, Fed Scoop reported Monday.

Colby Hochmuth writes the HHS Office of the National Coordinator published a report in June detailing the department’s progress in promoting electronic patient information databases and sharing.

ONC said it has partnered with various agencies through the HealthIT.gov website for electronic health record adoption and health IT use since the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan’s launch in 2011.

As of March 2013, about 2,974 hospitals and 192,126 healthcare providers have met the agency’s Meaningful Use requirements, it added, further noting that over 133,000 primary-care providers and 31,000 medical practices have implemented EHR technology.

The agency also found that as of April 2013, 85 percent of hospitals and 74 percent of professionals that passed the HealthIT.gov requirements have registered for EHR incentive programs.

The ONC added that it will launch a series of grant competitions to promote health IT innovation in the private sector.

The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan is a five-year plan to develop a coordinated health IT strategy between the public and private sector.

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