The National Coordinator’s 2011 Summary just published an article by Dr. Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health IT, in which he reviews the progress made in the past year.

Just to restate some of the milestones in 2011: the start of Meaningful Use in January; the Direct project in February; Consumer Health IT Summit in September; and the doubling of basic EHR adoption (from 17% in 2008 to 34% in non-hospital based physicians).

Dr. Mostashari ends his piece with a recap of key principles that have guided the Office of the National Coordinator:

  • Open and inclusive decision-making;
  • Focusing on the goal, not the technology;
  • Building on what works best;
  • Fostering innovation using the market;
  • Watching out for the least capable participants; and above all
  • Putting patients’ interests in the center of everything we do.
  • What do you think was the best accomplishment of 2011 in health IT policy? What are the major challenges for 2012? For starters, see this iHealthBeat article summarizing an AHIMA field guide on the seven health IT initiatives to monitor in 2012 published in the January edition of the Journal of AHIMA.

    This post is the personal opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the American College of Physicians (ACP). ACP does not endorse a specific EHR brand or product and ACP makes no representations, warranties, or assurances as to the accuracy or completeness of the information provided herein.

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