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HHS Updates Federal Health IT Plan; Karen DeSalvo Comments

Karen DeSalvo
Karen DeSalvo

The Department of Health and Human Services has released the final version of a federal plan intended to help improve the national health information technology infrastructure.

The agency’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology updated the plan with input from various sectors gathered last year via public comment, collaborations, health IT policy committee recommendations, community organizations and entrepreneurs, HHS said Monday.

The plan aims to help patients take control of their health, enhance healthcare delivery and community health, and facilitate research and innovation.

“Health IT only achieves its full potential when it seamlessly supports individuals as they strive to take control of their own health,” said Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for health IT.

“Implementing the [plan] over the next five years drives toward a public-private partnership to achieve interoperability and will help the nation achieve important health outcomes, while remaining flexible to the evolving nature of healthcare and technology,” DeSalvo added.

Federal partners will work over the next five years to evaluate individual and collective progress on the plan’s implementation.

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