Thanks to HealthData.gov and HealthIT.gov, the public can now access information about health IT initiatives across the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the U.S. Government through a consolidated Health IT catalog.
This catalog, a data set consisting of over 80 agency Health IT urls, makes data about health IT openly available and links directly to HealthIT.gov, a site managed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. The catalog initiative serves to increase public awareness of health IT efforts consistent with the three-part aim: improving the health of the patient, improving the health of the population, and supporting new models of health payment.
Last year, the HHS Office of the Chief Information Officer’s Health and Human Services Domain created a workgroup whose mission is to promote the adoption and use of health IT within the government through awareness of the various health IT related initiatives across government. One of the outputs of the workgroup is the Health IT catalog, which supports policy researchers and implementers as well as patients and their families in quickly finding information about activities and agencies supporting health IT initiatives.
The catalog is a living document and submissions for additions can be made directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Although still in its infancy, the catalog boasts 80+ entries and is expected to reach at least 100 entries soon. As efforts in health IT increase, the catalog is expected to reach over 1000 entries. Through healthdata.gov’s open data initiative, updates to the dataset are seamless, as more information is added to the catalog.
Thanks to all those who contributed to the Health IT catalog effort and to those who continue to make this effort a success.