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Federal Agencies Release Coordinated Health IT Plan

Posted on 12/10/2014 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

As mentioned by Kelly Cronin at NTOCC’s Annual Summit, HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released an updated Federal Health Information Technology (IT) Plan for the years 2015 through 2020. The plan looks to expand adoption of health information technology, advance interoperability, strengthen care delivery, and forward research and innovation. This plan updates a previous version that was released in 2008, and moves to a value-based model focused on improving access and quality, while lowering costs through “person-centered care.”

Each goal includes objectives and strategies to achieve those goals, including strategies important to the NTOCC community:

  • Increase the adoption of electronic health records among providers practicing long-term care services and supports, post-acute care, and behavioral health settings
  • Increase interoperable exchanges of health IT across health care across the provider spectrum, including long-term supports and services providers
  • Encourage electronic information sharing between public and private health providers and payers to promote care continuity
  • Develop policy, standards, and technology to facilitate patients’ ability to control the disclosure of specific information considered by many to be sensitive in nature in an electronic environment
  • More fully incorporating telehealth and mobile health technologies into funding models for federal health care programs
  • Empower individuals, their families, and other caregivers to engage in shared decision-making with their providers on their wellness and quality of life goals, manage their health in convenient and meaningful ways, and result in better individual outcomes
  • Integrating patient-reported outcomes into routine health care
  • Support the use of health IT that can help communities conduct needs assessments and protect high-risk individuals

Federal departments and agencies listed under each outcome have a role in achieving that respective outcome, which can include using their authorities and programs to advance progress towards that desired outcome. Outcomes for each goal are broken into three- and six-year timeframes to achieve results.

Attached is the strategic plan as well as NTOCC’s letter that was sent in early summer to the Energy and Commerce Committee regarding and the 21st Century Cures initiative.

Please let us know if you have any questions.