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Health IT Plan focuses on better sharing through interoperability

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services™ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued the Federal IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020.

The Strategic Plan is currently open for a 60 day comment period, and serves as the broad federal strategy setting the context and framing the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap that will be released early 2015. According to HHS, the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap will help to define the implementation of how the federal government and private sector will approach sharing health information.

“The 2015 Strategic Plan provides the federal government a strategy to move beyond health care to improve health, use health IT beyond EHRs, and use policy and incentive levers beyond the incentive programs,” said Karen DeSalvo, M.D., national coordinator for health IT and acting assistant secretary for health. “The success of this plan is also dependent upon insights from public and private stakeholders and we encourage their comments.”

The focus of the Strategic Plan is to appropriately collect, share and use interoperable health information to improve health care, individual, community and public health, and advance research across the federal government and in collaboration with private industry.

We encourage public stakeholders who would like to comment on the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan to do so by visiting: http://www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/health-it-strategic-planning. The period to comment on the Strategic Plan ends February 6, 2015.

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