ONC: Challenges to Interoperability

The ability to exchange electronic health data between facilities, known as interoperability, is essential to the long-term goals of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). This report examines the challenges for acute care hospitals – including rural hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals – exchanging electronic health information with public health agencies.  The report uses data collected in 2019 and identifies ongoing barriers that may have been exacerbated by the pandemic.