Help Us Develop the Federal Health IT Strategy

Elise Sweeney Anthony; Seth Pazinski and Peter Karras | January 15, 2020

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?

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:

Image Describing the 5 goals of the Draft Strategic Plan. Goal 1 Promote Health and Wellness; Goal 2 Enhance the Delivery and Experience of Care; Goal 3 Build a Secure, Data-Driven Ecosystem to Accelerate Research and Innovation; Goal 4 Connect Healthcare and Health Data through an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure

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

Submit your feedback

Please share your comments on the draft 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan. The public comment period on the draft plan ends on April 3, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM EST.

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