The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today released the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020, a sweeping framework that outlines priorities for the entire federal government to promote the use of information technology (IT) in healthcare. The plan is the culmination of efforts by more than 35 federal departments and agencies and lays out five strategic goals to advance health IT beyond electronic health records (EHRs) and provide policy and other incentives beyond meaningful use:
- 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;
The 28-page strategic plan, called for by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is open for comments until February 6, 2015. A separate Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap will be released in early 2015 that will help define the implementation of how the federal government and private sector will approach sharing information.