On June 5, 2014, the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a multi-year plan for achieving an interoperable information technology (IT) infrastructure.
The plan, entitled “Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure,” sets out agenda items over a three, five, and ten-year time span and includes a set of nine guiding principles for those efforts:
- Building on the existing health IT infrastructure;
- Establishing baseline interoperability while recognizing “one size does not fit all”;
- Empowering individuals to become more active partners in their health;
- Leveraging market forces;
- Implementing simpler solutions first;
- Maintaining modularity to allow for innovation and the adoption of more efficient approaches over time without having to overhaul entire systems;
- Taking into account the range of capabilities among providers and users;
- Focusing on achieving the greatest value; and
- Ensuring privacy and security of the data.