The U.S. Division of Health and Human Services has released the draft 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, created for HHS by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT; it is making it available for public remark until March 18.
The draft lays out targets and goals for federal health IT efforts to ensure sufferers have access to their digital health information.
The final 2020-2025 plan will serve as a roadmap for federal agencies and drive private sector alignment, officials say.
Companies will use it to allocate resources, coordinate health IT efforts throughout agencies, signal priorities to the private industries, and benchmark progress over time.
HHS emphasizes that patients’ right to access and management of their health data is a vital element of their right to control their health.
While the majority of the healthcare providers now use EHRs, the info that’s in them often stays inaccessible to patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers throughout different settings.
The new-five year strategic plan aligns with the upcoming interoperability and affected person access guidelines, anticipated from ONC and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Providers in the coming weeks.
“The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan represents the work being carried out, collectively and individually, to help ensure that sufferers and their providers can electronically access the health info they should help them manage their care,” stated Lauren Thompson, Interoperability Director for the Federal Electronic Health Document.