ONC Health IT Buzz: Mapping the Path Forward in Health IT

“This year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released three strategic documents that will help set a path forward for health IT. The 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, the Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs, and the National Health IT Priorities for Research: A Policy and Development Agenda are united in the aim to improve health, healthcare, and research through the innovative use of technology.”Setting the Stage: Federal Health IT Strategic Plan

“ONC released a draft of the 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan (Strategic Plan) this year for public comment. We developed the Strategic Plan in collaboration with more than 25 federal organizations, and it will help guide federal health information technology (IT) activities over the next five years…”

Improving Care: Reducing Clinician Burden

“The Clinician Burden Reduction Strategy includes recommendations that align with Goal 2 of the Strategic Plan, ‘Enhance the Delivery and Experience of Care.’ The recommendations include reducing requirements for excessive clinical documentation and streamlining reporting requirements for reimbursement. The report also calls out strategies and recommendations for health IT that, when realized, could have a substantial impact on the clinical workforce as they practice medicine, ultimately resulting in better patient care…”Advancing Science: National Health IT Priorities for Research

“The Agenda articulates a vision where research can happen more quickly and effectively through the use of health IT. In particular, the Agenda supports both Goals 3 and 4 of the Strategic Plan. It includes recommendations on linking data sources, harmonizing data elements and standards, and leveraging health IT to improve patient participation in research, which are strategies listed in Goal 3 of the Strategic Plan, ‘Build a Secure, Data-Driven Ecosystem to Accelerate Research and Innovation…’” Read the full article here.

Source: Mapping the Path Forward in Health IT – By Seth Pazinski, Peter Karras, Teresa Zayas Cabán and Kevin Chaney – May 7, 2020. ONC Health IT Buzz.

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