Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the draft 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan for public comment. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) led the development of this plan with input from more than 25 federal organizations
ONC and our federal partners strive to promote a health information technology (health IT) landscape that can increase transparency, competition, and consumer choice while also seeking to protect the privacy and security of individuals’ health information. These efforts include making coordinated investments; developing standards and policies for secure, standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs); and promoting user-focused technologies.
The draft plan defines a set of goals, objectives, and strategies the federal government will pursue to empower patients, deliver high-quality care, and improve health for individuals, families, and communities through the use of health IT.
What are the goals of the plan?
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The draft plan is deliberately outcomes-driven, with the following goals focused on meeting the needs of individuals, caregivers, populations, healthcare providers, payers, researchers, developers, and innovators:
How will the plan be used?
This plan is intended to serve as a roadmap for federal health IT initiatives and activities, and as a catalyst for activities in the private sector. Specifically, it will help to:
- Prioritize resources within an agency
- Align and coordinate efforts
- Signal priorities to the private sector
- Benchmark and assess progress
Source: Health IT