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HHS Issues Draft Strategic Plan for Federal Health IT

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The Department of Health and Human Services has released a draft strategic plan that outlines goals for the use of federal health information technology to facilitate patients’ access to their electronic health data.

The office for the national coordinator for health IT within HHS worked with more than 25 federal agencies to develop the draft 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, HHS said Wednesday.

“The draft federal strategic plan supports the provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act that will help to bring electronic health information into the hands of patients through smartphone applications,” said Don Rucker, national coordinator for health IT.

The draft plan sets several strategies and objectives to meet four goals: promote health and wellness; enhance the delivery and experience of care; build a secure, data-driven culture to accelerate research and innovation; and connect healthcare and health data through an interoperable health IT infrastructure.

Public comments on the draft are due March 18.