GAO Finds Increases in Health Information Exchange Lower for Small and Rural Providers

Electronic health information exchange is the ability to exchange medical records and other health information electronically among health care providers and between health care providers and patients. Survey data show that the use of various electronic exchange methods among hospitals and physicians has increased in recent years. However, a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that as of 2021, reported use among small and rural hospitals was lower than that of other hospitals.