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 Culture to Accelerate Research and Innovation; and
- Connect Healthcare and Health Data through an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure.
ONC encourages review and comments on the draft plan. Comments will be accepted electronically in the comments field below. Attachments should be in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF format. The comment period is open for 60 days and the deadline for submission is April 3, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM ET.