HHS unveils new 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan

The final 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan released today  by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is laser focused – unsurprisingly, given the goals of recent rulemakings – on ensuring Americans’ easy access to their own electronic health information.

ONC worked with more than two dozen federal organizations and drew upon public comment for the plan (PDF), which is mandated by the 2009 HITECH Act.

The agencies that collaborated on 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health and others – regulate, purchase, develop, and use health information technology to help deliver care and improve patient health at the local, tribal, state, and national level.

The goal of the strategic plan – a draft of which was published in January – is to “serve as a roadmap for these initiatives and activities, and as a catalyst for complementary activities in the private sector,” according to ONC.

“The plan has been instrumental in our own efforts to support high-quality healthcare for Service members, Veterans, and their families,” said Lauren Thompson, director of federal and commercial