ONC Releases Federal Health IT Strategic Plan for 2011-2015

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released an updated strategic plan (pdf) that outlines five major goals for the next four years.

The five goals detailed in "Federal Health Information Technology Strategic Plan: 2011 – 2015" include the following:

1. Achieve adoption and information exchange through meaningful use of health IT.
2. Improve care and population health and reduce healthcare costs through the use of health IT.
3. Inspire confidence and trust in health IT.
4. Empower individuals with health IT to improve their health and the healthcare system.
5. Achieve rapid learning and technological advancement.

ONC has developed specific objectives for each goal. For example, ONC's objectives for the first goal are to accelerate adoption of electronic health records, facilitate information exchange to support meaningful use of EHRs and support health IT adoption and information exchange for public health and populations with unique needs. For the fifth goal, one of ONC's objectives is to create a learning health system to support quality, research and public and population health.  

ONC also delineates several principles for executing the strategy, such as putting individuals and their interests first, supporting health IT benefits for all, focusing on outcomes and encouraging innovation.

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