Federal Health IT Strategic Plan Statements of Support
Department of Defense/Veterans Affairs Interagency Program Office (IPO)
“Achieving health IT interoperability between the Departments and private-sector providers is critical to ensuring that providers can exchange meaningful, standardized patient information and, as a result, deliver effective, person-centered care to Veterans, Service Members, and their families. The IPO is committed to pursuing the strategies in the Plan through efforts to facilitate knowledge sharing, mature data standards, and interoperability.”
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
“Electronic health information and health IT is key to providing better, more coordinated care today and critical research, such as the Precision Medicine Initiative, which will provide the prevention strategies, diagnostics and treatments of tomorrow.
“Information technology plays a central role in helping hospitals and other healthcare providers reach the Triple Aim — a better patient experience, improved population health and reduced per capita costs. The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020, released today by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, lays out some critical markers for achieving those goals.
“We applaud ONC for taking on the herculean task of coordinating federal health IT initiatives across 35 federal agencies and for reaching out to the healthcare community for input on the strategic plan.
“CHIME endorses the overarching goals of the strategic plan — advancing person-centered care, delivery system transformation and a focus on community health, fostering research, enhancing the nation’s IT infrastructure. We are also in full agreement with the mission statement: Improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities through the use of technology and health information that is accessible when and where it matters most.
“We have made tremendous strides in improving adoption of health IT and electronic health records, however, to reach the Triple Aim, we must now focus on creating a truly interoperable IT network. That means having clearly defined and enforceable standards, among other things. ONC, in its draft Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap, laid out a 10-year agenda for achieving an interoperable system. This should be a priority for all stakeholders. We cannot achieve the promise of population health and other advances in patient care without the ability to fully and securely exchange data. This includes not just data between providers, but also establishing a framework for accepting the growth in patient-generated data.
“While the strategic plan is a good step in that direction, CHIME also believes that we must attend to such issues as patient identification and development of functional electronic clinical quality measures. Finally, we are encouraged to see in the plan a recognition of the role privacy and security will play in advancing interoperability and greater adoption of health IT.”
National Partnership for Women & Families
“The incorporation of person-centered health as a core goal of the final Federal Health IT Strategic Plan released today by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is a significant and positive step toward the kind of patient- and family-centered health care system this country needs. We commend ONC for recognizing that patients, families and caregivers must be able to access, understand, use and share health information in order to achieve a health care system that delivers better care, better health and better value.
“By laying out the vision, goals and collective efforts that federal agencies will pursue over the next five years in concert with public and private organizations, the Strategic Plan will help sustain momentum in advancing patient access to tools that can help them understand and manage their care, communicate effectively with providers, and participate in efforts to enhance coordination of care across settings and providers.
“We applaud National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo and the ONC for taking this step to strengthen the nation’s health care system, and look forward to working with ONC and all federal agencies to turn these powerful strategies into measurable short- and longer-term outcomes. We will continue our efforts to create a health care system that views patients and family caregivers as true and equal partners in improving health through shared information, understanding and decision-making.”
Premier Health Group
“Members of the Premier alliance commend Dr. Karen DeSalvo and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for their work in developing a comprehensive plan to improve the national health IT (HIT) infrastructure.
“In particular, Premier strongly supports consumer access to health data in private, secure and meaningful ways through the use of apps and other tools that better enable achievement of health and wellness goals. Ultimately, we share the future vision of the ONC to enable applications to securely integrate and exchange information, including data in electronic health records, as well as health apps that consumers may use to access and share health data with providers.
“Second, we are encouraged by the ONC’s desire to improve the workflow and automation of quality measures collection and processes as part of a comprehensive strategy to support population health. More automated measures collection and analytics capabilities, as envisioned in the plan, will go far to improve overall efficiencies and free providers up to spend more time doctoring to patients, and less time doctoring to administrative measures collection.
“Last, we believe it is critical that the ONC fast track work to finalize interoperability standards necessary for capturing and exchanging information across IT platforms. In many respects, these standards are the essential foundation for every strategic goal outlined in the plan. Premier looks forward to ONC’s forthcoming release of its roadmap to address the technical standards, certification requirements, privacy/security standards and other initiatives that will enable true HIT interoperability.”