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PAC: Health IT Strategic Planning

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On November 10, 2011, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published a final version of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2011 – 2015. This plan reflects a coordinated strategy between the public and private sector to improve the quality, efficiency, safety and patient-centeredness of health care.

Read the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan [PDF - 1MB]

ONC updates the plan by working with public and private sector stakeholders and seeking input from public comments. Collaboration among the public and private sectors will continue to be the most important tool in keeping this plan relevant and reflective of the health information technology market. The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan aims to improve health and health care for all Americans through the use of information and technology. The government works to implement the plan in accordance with Federal Health IT Principles:

  • Put individuals and their interests first.
  • Be a worthy steward of the country's money and trust.
  • Support health IT benefits for all.
  • Focus on outcomes.
  • Build boldly on what works.
  • Encourage innovation.


  1. Achieve Adoption and Information Exchange through Meaningful Use of Health IT | How meaningful use of health IT will anchor the government's health IT strategy
  2. Improve Care, Improve Population Health, and Reduce Health Care Costs through the Use of Health IT | How health IT contributes to the efficacy of the Affordable Care Act
  3. Inspire Confidence and Trust in Health IT | How government updates its approach to privacy, security, and patient safety
  4. Empower Individuals with Health IT to Improve their Health and the Health Care System | How health IT empowers individuals with respect to their health care and individual health history
  5. Achieve Rapid Learning and Technological Advancement | How innovation will improve health IT and health care overall