Public Policy Federal Health IT Strategic Plan Update

In recent days I’ve noticed some discussion on the listserv about whether and to what extent Health IT should be of concern to e-patients.  I’d like to update the group on one initiative in that domain.

In March, The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan was released in draft form – See: ONC Seeks Comment on the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2011-2015 | Health IT Buzz –

At that time, I solicited input from members of the Society and submitted comments on behalf of SP4M on one section of the Plan, “Goal IV: Empower Individuals with Health IT to Improve their Health and the Health Care System” – See: SPM Comments on Goal IV of Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2011-2015 –

Last week, ONC released the revised Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2011 – 2015 | Health IT Buzz –

I am pleased to report that I see a number of our recommendations incorporated into the final plan  (see pp. 36ff of the plan document for Goal IV – direct link to PDF:, and a number of others acknowledged as issues to be contended with over the coming years.  I am reaching out to ONC to see whether folks there will be open to including S4PM in the roster of organizations to be represented in future discussions on these issues and/or whether they are open to dialogue with the Society in other formats.

— David

David C. Harlow ∙ Principal



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