Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.


The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

The Social Security Administration’s Expansion of Health Information Technology

May 04, 2015

Office Affiliation: The Office of Audit

Audit Report Number: A-01-13-13027

SSA’s Medical Evidence Gathering and Analysis Through Health IT (MEGAHIT) system automatically obtains electronic records from SSA’s partners in minutes.

In our review of Health Information Technology Provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and MedVirginia (A-01-11-11117), we determined that SSA’s health information technology (health IT) pilots reduced the time it took to receive health records and make disability determinations. During that review, SSA had two health IT partners.

To conduct our current review, we identified 215,176 individuals whose electronic disability folders indicated SSA requested health IT records from July 2011 through May 2014. From this population, we randomly selected 275 cases for detailed analysis. We also requested feedback from five disability determination services (DDS) and met with SSA staff.

The objective of this report is to assess SSA’s expansion of health IT.

Read the full report

Read the summary report

Looking for U.S. government information and services?