Dr. David Blumenthal, outgoing head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, delivered a going-away present to his as-yet-unnamed successor in the form of an 81-page draft update to the five-year Federal Health IT Strategic Plan. The plan, mandated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, shows how the diverse public- and private-sector collaborations to promote the use of health IT “fit together,” according to Blumenthal, in a one-page cover letter published online with the plan.
Late News: Blumenthal presents update to Health IT Strategic Plan
Blumenthal said that adoption and meaningful use of electronic health-record systems remains the “unifying focal point of our strategy.” The updated plan “charts new ground for the national health IT agenda,” he said. Those new goals are an expansion of the ability of providers to exchange healthcare information in areas where such exchange is not taking place today, leveraging electronic health information to “move to patient-centered care” and “building a ‘learning health system.'” The comment period for the latest strategic IT plan is open through April 22.
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