ONC seeks comments on Stategic Plan

In 2004 the first ONC Dr. David Brailer, published the “Stategic Framework: The Decade of Health Information Technology: Delivering Consumer-centric and Information-rich Health Care“. From this the Office of the National Coordinator began and its stategies were developed. On June 3, 2008 “The ONC-Coordinated Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: 2008-2012” was written, published, and put into place.The Plan which is currently in place has two goals, patient-focused health care and population health.

The Plan’s time frame is coming to an end and the ONC must update the Strategic Plan. The new plan will initiate and layout the ONC plans for the next four years, 2011-2015. The Federal HIT vision is “a health system that uses information to empower individuals and to improve the health of the population”. The Federal HIT mission is “to improve health and health care for all Americans through the use of information and technology”.

The ONC has released their draft of the 2011-2015 Strategic plan. The new plan focusses on better technology, better information, and transforming health care through its five goals:

  • Achieving adoption and information exchange through meaningful use of HIT
  • Improving care and population health and reducing health care costs through use of HIT
  • Inspiring confidence and trust in HIT
  • Empowering individuals with HIT to improve their health and health care system
  • Achieving rapid learning and technology advancement

Like all initiatives and policies of the ONC they are soliciting comments. The comment period will remain open through April 22nd through the Federal Health IT Buzz Blog. For more details on the ONC’s Strategic Plan visit the ONC Health IT web site.
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