Saturday, March 26, 2011

Government Plans to Inspire Confidence and Trust in Health IT

The "Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: 2011-2015" has been released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) under the leadership of David Blumenthal, M.D.

Of particular interest to readers of this blog is Goal III - “Inspire Confidence and Trust in Health IT”. This section focuses on efforts to update the health care industries approach to IT privacy and security issues.
"The digitization of health records will create a new set of challenges for protecting the privacy and security of health information, but it will also open new opportunities for improving safeguards." - "Federal Health Information Technology Strategic Plan, 2011 – 2015"
One of the key points of Goal III is that the "ONC is engaged in an ongoing effort to disseminate best practice resources to providers to help equip them with the latest information, so as to avoid common challenges to safe and effective implementation and use of EHRs and other health IT.

Click here to download the reports - the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: 2011-2015.

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The Plan was first published in 2008 and is being updated to reflect the significant changes in health care over the past 2 years. The public is encouraged to provide comments on the plan through April 22, 2011. David Blumenthal's successor at the ONC will oversee efforts to incorporate the comments and issuing a final version of the plan.

Sources:
(a) ONC Seeks Public Comment on the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: 2011-2015 - http://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/from-the-onc-desk, March 2011

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