The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the draft 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan for public comment. Comments are due on March 18, 2020.
The draft plan outlines federal health information technology (health IT) goals and objectives to ensure that individuals have access to their electronic health information to help enable them to manage their health and shop for care. The strategic plan was developed by the HHS Office for the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in collaboration with more than 25 federal organizations. It is anticipated by the ONC that this strategic plan will be used as a roadmap for health IT efforts by both government agencies and the private sector.
Key objectives of the plan are:
- Improve individual access to health information
- Advance healthy and safe practices through health IT
- Integrate health and human services information
- Ensure safe and high-quality care through the use of health IT
- Foster competition, transparency, and affordability in healthcare
- Reduce regulatory and administrative burden on providers
- Enable efficient management of resources and a workforce confidently using health IT
- Advance individual- and population-level transfer of health data
- Support research and analysis using health IT and data at the individual and population levels
- Advance the development and use of health IT capabilities
- Establish transparent expectations for data sharing
- Enhance technology and communications infrastructure
- Promote secure health information that protects patient privacy
A press release on the document is available here.
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