Karen DeSalvo: ONC Wants Feedback on Agency’s New Health IT Plan

Karen DeSalvo
Karen DeSalvo

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has developed a plan aimed at improving healthcare data exchange between federal agencies and their industry partners.

ONC set a 60-day comment period on the agency’s five-year Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Monday.

“The 2015 Strategic Plan provides the federal government a strategy to move beyond health care to improve health, use health IT beyond EHRs, and use policy and incentive levers beyond the incentive programs,” said Karen DeSalvo, the national coordinator for health IT and acting assistant secretary of health.

The strategy will serve as basis for the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap, which is scheduled for release early next year, according to HHS.

ONC also seeks to encourage the private sector to develop new technologies that can help clinicians manage care and improve patient safety through the initiative.

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