The U.S. Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information
Technology has published an article in The Annals of Emergency Medicine entitled Progress and Promise for the Future at the 10-year Mark. (Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH; Ayame Nagatani Dinkler, BA; Lee Stevens, BA). California’s current ONC HIE grant is featured, as well as the progress made by San Diego Health Connect on their former Beacon Project. It’s an excellent review of the HIE progress made since the HITECH Act was funded in 2009. The article is also worth reading for the high-level perspective on where HIE efforts nationally are going from here.
The article states: “As anticipated, the work of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act era is waning, and ONC is looking ahead at the next 10 years of health information technology. The work of the past decade has meant that we have the opportunity to learn from our work, refocus our priorities, and consider the opportunities in the new technology and health care market place.”
We know, for instance, that EMS is one example of the current effort to encourage health care partners and provider types that have been previously ineligible for any type of incentive to take the HIE plunge. In announcing the “Advance Interoperable Health Information Technology Services to Support Health Information Exchange” cooperative agreement program that is funding our work, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for health IT, said, “We have made great strides in the adoption and use of health IT. As we move beyond adoption to a learning health system where information is available when and where it matters most, it is important to ensure greater care coordination at the community level, and these grants provide resources to meet this goal.”
Goals of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan