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§1. Supporting the shift
New programs – launched by government, local communities, and health insurance companies – are experimenting with ways to deliver health care that focus more on preventive and coordinated care. These new care delivery and payment models take advantage of the entire health care team to keep people healthy. They help reduce unnecessary care (such as repeated tests and procedures) or avoidable re-admissions to hospitals.
The overall purpose of these new health systems is to provide better health and better care at lower cost. Examples include:
- patient-centered medical homes;
- accountable care organizations;
- narrow provider networks; [Learn more here] and,
- other high-value care options [Learn more here.]
- What steps can ONC take that would help consumers and providers use health IT to successfully manage the shift to these new health systems and programs?
§2. The role of consumer-focused health IT
Consumers have an active role in the successful implementation of these models, both in
- making decisions about where and how they receive health care, and
- choosing health options that are most appropriate in meeting their overall health goals and personal preferences.
Health IT and electronic exchange of health information between consumers and providers in various sites of care (such as hospitals, specialty clinics, labs, and rehabilitation centers) will be essential for these new models to work.
- What role can consumer eHealth apps and tools play in supporting new health care delivery models?
- What can the federal government do to help connect innovative technology developers with delivery systems where they can test their applications?
§ 3. Privacy & security
ONC recognizes that privacy and security concerns may impact the willingness of consumers and providers to use health IT to increase access to health information. Privacy and security are the topic of a separate section of the Strategic Plan (Goal 3), since these concerns cut across all areas of health IT. Although this public comment period is not targeted at updating Goal 3, ONC will be revising that section of the Plan and your discussion of these concerns, and ideas about addressing them, will help the federal government decide on appropriate future steps.
(You can read the current version of Goal 3 by clicking the Background Documents tab at the top of this page, and selecting 2011-2015 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan).