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Health Information Technology Trends, Insights, and Policy Considerations

Reports and briefings are organized by publication year.  To learn more about health information technology (health IT) in Maryland, click here or visit the topic links on the left.  To access a variety of informational flyers, guidance, and other tools for health care providers, click here.


Insights Brief:  Use of Health Information Technology Among Dental Practices (April)

Insights on dentists’ adoption of health IT, including electronic health records (EHR), health information exchange (HIE), and telehealth (or teledentistry).

Urgent Care:  Information Sharing with Primary Care Providers (March)

Findings from a review of urgent care centers operating in Maryland and existing procedures to notify primary care providers about patient encounters.

Telehealth Policy Workgroup (February)

Leading observations from a Telehealth Policy Workgroup representing a variety of stakeholder perspectives and interests.  For more information on the workgroup, click here.


Electronic Data Interchange:  2019 Activity (December)

An overview of electronic data interchange (EDI) among private and government payers in 2019. To learn more about EDI, click here 

Remote Patient Monitoring:  Value for Patients and Applications During a Public Health Emergency (May)

Overviews the benefits of remote patient monitoring for patients, featuring specific uses during a public health emergency.

Understanding the Value of Remote Patient Monitoring (April)

Key considerations for health care providers 

Dental Health IT:  Key Findings from a National Survey (March)

A dashboard highlighting adoption and use of EHRs and teledentistry among dentists nationally.

Health Care Data Breaches:  An Assessment of Breach Trends in Maryland and the Nation (January)

Breach trends and statistics over the last decade (2010-2019) in Maryland and the nation.


School-Based Telehealth Final Report (October)

Recommendations for advancing telehealth in schools centering on awareness building, privacy and security, oversight and innovation, and funding.  For more information, click here.

Ambulatory Surgery Centers:  Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) Adoption (October)

An assessment of leading benefits and barriers to EHR diffusion among ambulatory surgical centers.

House Bill 115 Electronic Prescription Records System (July)

Findings from a legislative study on the benefits and feasibility of developing a system to collect and make available information on non-controlled dangerous substances, as required by Chapter 435 passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2018.

Health Information Technology:  A Snapshot of Diffusion in Nursing Homes (June)

Overviews use of health IT in Maryland comprehensive care facilities (or nursing homes).

Health Information Technology:  An Assessment of Maryland Acute Care Hospitals (June)

Current trends and the future direction of health IT adoption among acute care hospitals in Maryland.

Senate Bill 896 Health Record and Payment Integration Program Advisory Committee (May)

Findings from a legislative study on the feasibility of creating a health record and payment integration program, as required by Chapter 452 passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2018.

HIE During a State of Emergency:  Policy Guidance (February)

Policy guidance to assist HIEs in making protected health information (PHI) accessible to incident responders during a state of emergency.


Health Care Data Breaches: 2017 Findings (September)

An analysis of breaches reported to the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in 2017 in Maryland and the nation.

Adoption of Telehealth:  Office-Based Physicians (April)

Use of telehealth among office-based physicians, including current trends, leading barriers, and adoption by specialty and geography.

Previous Reports & Briefings

CRISP Connectivity:  Ambulatory Practices (2017)

Ambulatory practices' connectivity to CRISP, including progress towards bidirectional exchange of clinical data.

Remote Patient Monitoring Telehealth Grants:  Brief and Final Reports (2017)

Lessons learned from a telehealth demonstration project demonstrating use of remote patient monitoring to support chronic care management.

Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) Permit Distribution:  A Physician Assessment (2017)

An assessment of CDS permit distribution among physicians statewide.

Physician Adoption of Electronic Health Records:  An Information Brief (2017)

Growth in EHR adoption from 2011 – 2016 by practice specialty, geographic location, and ownership type.

Health Care Data Breaches:  How Maryland Compares (2017)

An analysis of breaches reported to OCR from 2013 - 2016 in Maryland and the nation. 

Health Care Data Breaches:  A Changing Landscape (2017)

An analysis of breaches reported to OCR since 2010 in Maryland and the nation.

Hospital Cybersecurity:  Evolving Threats Require New Approaches (2016)

Key findings from an assessment of hospital efforts in preparing for and managing cyber risks.

Hospital Image Exchange:  Exploring Opportunities for a Statewide Image Repository through the State-Designated Health Information Exchange (2016)

Benefits, challenges, and financing opportunities for an image sharing repository managed by CRISP.

Long Term Care and Hospital Telehealth Project Grants: Brief and Final Reports (2016)

Lessons learned from three telehealth demonstration projects focused on improving transitions of care between hospitals and nursing homes.

Ensuring the Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information:  Keeping Pace with an Evolving HIE Landscape (2016)

Highlights the need to amend the definition of an HIE to ensure privacy and security standards apply to all HIEs operating in Maryland.

Last Updated: 8/27/2021