The Department of Health and Human Services, led by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), released the draft 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan (plan) for public comment. This plan, which was developed in collaboration with over 25 federal organizations, is intended to guide federal health information technology (IT) activities.
The plan’s goals are deliberately outcomes-driven, with objectives and strategies focused on using health IT as a catalyst to empower patients, lower costs, deliver high-quality care, and improve health for individuals, families, and communities. ONC and its federal partners have taken and will continue to take steps to ensure that stakeholders in the healthcare sector benefit from the electronic access, exchange, and use of health information.
Specifically, this plan explains how the federal government intends to use health IT to:
- Promote Health and Wellness;
- Enhance the Delivery and Experience of Care;
- Build a Secure, Data-Driven Ecosystem to Accelerate Research and Innovation; and
- Connect Healthcare and Health Data through an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure.
ONC would like to thank the wide range of stakeholders who submitted feedback during the public comment period ending on April 3, 2020. Over the next few months, ONC will review and analyze the comments received for consideration in the final publication. We anticipate releasing an updated final Strategic Plan later this year.