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ONC launches policy crowdsourcing platform, starts with eHealth

The ONC wants public input to update the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, and is using a policy crowdsourcing platform to do it. The agency has partnered with Cornell University to launch a new Web page to garner public opinion on various health IT initiatives, beginning with the topic of consumer eHealth.

The platform, PlanningRoom, will center on consumer eHealth from now through May 9, 2013. After that, discussion will likely revolve around other topics covered in the ONC’s strategic plan, such as the nationwide shift to EHRs, health information exchange and meaningful use of new health information technologies. Patients, consumers, providers, insurers, IT developers and other parties invested in health IT are encouraged to engage in discussions and answer ONC-posed questions as well.

ONC is seeking comment on 10 areas of consumer engagement: Enabling information access, empowering consumer action, shifting attitudes, identifying useful health information, patient generated health data, supporting shared decision making through health IT, decreasing health disparities through health IT, supporting personalized health care, supporting new health care delivery models and using health IT to enable research and inform practice.

Though this isn’t the first time ONC has sought public opinion for its planning initiatives, this particular Web page is published via Cornell’s eRulemaking Initiative, an academic research group that works with Federal agencies to expand the kinds of public input available to them.

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