HHS Roadmap Seeks to Achieve Nationwide Health IT Interoperability by 2024; Karen DeSalvo Comments

health infosecThe Department of Health and Human Services has issued a final document that details strategies on how to facilitate sharing of electronic health records and attain nationwide interoperability among health information technology systems by 2024.

The HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology developed the Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap in collaboration with the private sector, HHS said Oct. 6.

The roadmap aims to give “a clear, strategic approach to see that we successfully achieve seamless interoperability by creating the right financial incentives, establishing shared and explicit standards, and developing a trusted environment for data flow that enables patients to make their health records accessible anywhere they choose to seek care,” said Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for health IT.

Karen DeSalvo
Karen DeSalvo

The roadmap envisions medical providers and patients to receive, transmit and utilize priority data domains by the end of 2017 in an effort to improve health outcomes.

According to the ONC document, private and public stakeholders will work to expand the number of interoperable IT system users and data sources between 2018 and 2020.

By 2021, stakeholders will start to collaborate in order to achieve health IT interoperability across the country as well as deploy a learning health system by 2024, HHS said.

The roadmap also suggests the move from free-for-service approach to value-based schemes for commercial and government payment policies and the need to enhance technical standards for priority data domains in order to facilitate interoperability.

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