ONC seeks comments on health IT strategic plan

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted April 8, 2013

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The Health and Human Services Dept. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has launched a new website to seek comments from the public as it updates its Federal Health IT Strategic Plan. The first version was published in November 2011.

The plan outlines goals and strategies through 2015 as the nation embraces a connected health care system through the adoption of electronic health records and health information exchange technology. The ONC will solicit comments on portions of the plan on a website it created through a partnership with Cornell University in New York (link).

The first topic of discussion is consumer eHealth. Through May 9, the ONC is seeking comments on 10 aspects of eHealth: empowering consumer action; enabling information access; identifying useful health information; leveraging health IT to decrease health disparities; shifting attitudes on health IT; supporting shared decision-making through health IT; supporting personalized health care; supporting new health care delivery models; handling patient-generated health data; and using health IT to enable research and inform practice. Each topic has a link that takes the website user to a discussion page.

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