"Today HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson released the first outline of a 10-year plan to build a national electronic health information infrastructure in the United States. The report, "The Decade of Health Information Technology: Delivering Consumer-centric and Information-Rich Health Care," lays out the broad steps needed to achieve always-current, always-available electronic health records (EHR) for Americans."
Several key initiatives are part of this plan:
- Within 10 years, most Americans should have online access to their health records. This should also help facilitate the transfer of information between hospitals and physicians.
- The records will be available through a Medicare beneficiary portal.
The plan was prepared by the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. This position was created by executive order near the end of April.