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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 Alexander, Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
The Honorable Patty Murray, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

The Honorable Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance
The Honorable Ron Wyden, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Finance

The Honorable Thad Cochran, Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations
The Honorable Barbara A. Mikulski, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Appropriations

The Honorable Roy Blunt, Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
The Honorable Patty Murray, 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 Brady, Chairman, House Committee on Ways and Means
The Honorable Sander Levin, Ranking Member, House Committee on Ways and Means

The Honorable Harold Rogers, Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations
The Honorable Nita M. Lowey, Ranking Member, House Committee on Appropriations

The Honorable Tom Cole, Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies
The Honorable Rosa DeLauro, Ranking Member, House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

The Honorable Fred Upton, Chairman, House Committee on Energy and Commerce
The Honorable Frank Pallone, Ranking Member, House Committee on Energy and Commerce

The Honorable Lamar Smith, Chairman, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
The Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson, Ranking Member, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Contents

Executive Summary

Introduction

Critical Actions

Health IT Progress Update

Key Barriers

HHS Efforts to Gather and Use 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—

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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