The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health submitted public comments on the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan (2015-2020), prepared by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
We share in the excitement for the possibility of improving health care outcomes for individuals through adoption of health information technology (HIT), while also maintaining protections for sensitive patient information. In our comments, we applauded the Strategic Plan’s recognition that behavioral health care is an important aspect of the continuum of care. We also identified three opportunities presented by the widespread adoption of EHR technology, namely the following:
- The opportunity to use EHR technology to promote appropriate response to DV in behavioral health settings
- The opportunity to develop robust informed consent mechanisms in the context of behavioral health records
- The opportunity to develop the technological capacity for granularity so as to support patient choice with regard to sharing of information
Read the full comments here: NCDVTMH Public Comments Submitted on the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan (2015-2020), Prepared by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) (PDF)