Princeton, N.J.―The following is a statement from John Lumpkin, MD, MPH, senior vice president and director, targeted teams, at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, regarding the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan prepared by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
This week, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released the new Federal Health IT Strategic Plan that prioritizes the imperative need to collect and share digital health information while protecting individual privacy, and to create an environment where that information can be used by health care providers, public health entities, researchers, and individuals to improve health, health care, and reduce costs.
We’re encouraged by the direction of the strategic plan. Digital health information can give us the insights and knowledge we need to make better decisions about health: for individuals, for communities and for the population as a whole. Using and learning from digital health information will be critical as we work to build a Culture of Health—a nation where everyone has the opportunity to live longer, healthier lives.
Thirty-eight federal entities provided input into the plan. We applaud ONC for the process taken to get to this plan and encourage all to read and provide feedback. ONC is accepting formal public comments on the plan through February 6, 2015.