ONC Releases Strategic Plan

The Office for the National Coordinator for Health IT recently unveiled its strategic plan for 2015-2020. The document includes input from over 30 government agencies and places a strong emphasis on interoperability across the US healthcare system.

A letter from ONC head Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, attached to the plan, took stock the agency’s accomplishments with the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program and national efforts to digitize health information, but also outlined that lies ahead at ONC.

“The first two goals of this Plan prioritize increasing the electronic collection and sharing of health information while protecting individual privacy,” DeSalvo wrote. “The final three goals focus on federal efforts to create an environment where interoperable information is used by health care providers, public health entities, researchers, and individuals to improve health, healthcare, and reduce costs.”

 

Collect, Share, Use

The strategic plan focuses on three goals involving health information: collecting, sharing, and using information to improve care and access to healthcare. Five goals falling under the umbrella of “collect, share, and use,” according to ONC are:

  • Expand adoption of health IT
  • Advance secure and interoperable health information
  • Strengthen healthcare delivery
  • Advance the health and well-being of individuals and communities
  • And advance research, scientific knowledge, and innovation.

 

ONC’s plan also notes that federal initiatives such as meaningful use and HITECH left significant gaps in sectors of the healthcare industry, such as long term care services and support providers.

“The U.S. health care and long-term supports and services delivery system is often fragmented, leaving individuals and their families to seek care from multiple providers who often have little access to essential information on that person, or cutting edge therapeutic findings, and who have limited financial incentive to carefully coordinate care, including across care settings,” the report states.

Click here to read the strategic plan in full.

 

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