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ACR Comments on Draft Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: 2015-2020

On February 6, the American College of Radiology (ACR) submitted comments regarding the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for HIT’s (ONC) draft 2015-2020 update of the “Federal Health IT Strategic Plan.”

As background, Congress directed ONC in the Recovery Act of 2009 to periodically update a strategic plan on health IT goals for federal agencies. ONC’s broad policy document, which was originally created (pre-mandate) in 2008 and later updated in 2011, describes non-binding, high-level objectives for all agencies that fund related research, regulate IT solutions, or deliver health care services.

The ACR’s comments generally supported the goals, objectives, and strategies in the plan and offered insights into relevant informatics initiatives in the College and elsewhere in the radiology community. The ACR identified the following two objectives as being especially critical for federal government agency involvement and leadership:

  • Objective 2A: Enable individuals, providers, and public health entities to securely send, receive, find, and use electronic health information.
  • Objective 5B: Accelerate the development and commercialization of innovative technologies and solutions.

Moving forward, the ONC will use public comments and input from other sources, such as their own federal advisory committees, to refine and finalize the updated strategic plan.

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