Archive for June, 2008

Federal Health IT Strategic Plan Published

June 4, 2008

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Healthcare  Technology has issued  their strategic plan for  2008-2012.  Subtitled “Using the Power of Information Technology to Transform Health and Care”, the report details plans in the areas of privacy and security, interoperability, adoption, and collaborative governance. It includes goals the areas of patient-focused healthcare and population health.

The measures of success are clearly spelled out:

  • Health IT becomes common and expected in health care delivery nationwide for all communities, including those caring for underserved or disadvantaged populations;
  • Your health information is available to you and those caring for you so that you receive safe, high quality, and efficient care;
  • You will be able to use information to better determine what choices are right for you with respect to your health and care; and
  • You trust your health information can be used, in a secure environment, without compromising your privacy, to assess and improve the health in your community, measure and make available the quality of care being provided, and support advances in medical knowledge through research.

This is one of the best strategy statements I have seen. The obvious question is: will congress and a new president pay sufficient attention to it and fund it appropriately so that Health IT can be transformative?

I recommend reading the synopsis if your time is limited.

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