Significant federal investments to accelerate the adoption of electronic health records and exchange of clinical data are now in place.
It is critical to continue to track the adoption of electronic health records and related attitudes and insights to:
(1) ascertain the status of adoption and
evaluate existing and proposed policy decisions; (2) evaluate the impact of ONC programs and related incentives for meaningful use; and (3) make resources available to ONC and external researchers to assess the effects of health IT adoption and exchange on key aspects of care, such as quality and efficiency.
The data that would be generated under this funding opportunity would enable ONC and researchers to carry out these important activities for inpatient settings.