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ONC Drafts National EHR Interoperability Roadmap; Sylvia Burwell, Karen DeSalvo Comment

health infosecThe Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released a draft plan to establish a system for interoperable health information exchange on a national scale.

ONC crafted the “Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap Version 1.0” to promote technology-based care delivery, the Department of Health and Human Services said Friday.

The framework is designed to align with ONC’s 2015-2020 health IT strategic plan.

“HHS is working to achieve a better healthcare system with healthier patients, but to do that, we need to ensure that information is available both to consumers and their doctors,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

“We look forward to working collaboratively and systematically with federal, state and private sector partners to see that electronic health information is available when and where it matters,”  added ONC Director Karen DeSalvo.

ONC aims to achieve its national interoperability goal by establishing technical standards, a certification program, privacy protection, a supportive business climate and shared rules of engagement.

The roadmap will be available for public comment through April 3.

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