Amends the Public Health Service Act to establish the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology. Requires the Office to:
(1) ensure that key health information technology initiatives are coordinated across the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS);
(2) enhance the use of health information technology to improve the quality of health care in the prevention and management of chronic disease and to address population health;
(3) develop a strategic plan for implementing a nationwide interoperable health information technology infrastructure; and
(4) assess the impact of health information technology in communities with health disparities and identify practices to increase the adoption of such technology by health care providers in such communities.
Terminates this section on September 30, 2014.
Establishes a public-private Partnership for Health Care Improvement to:
(1) provide advice to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) and the nation and recommend specific actions to achieve a nationwide interoperable health information technology infrastructure;
(2) make recommendations concerning standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the electronic exchange of health information for adoption by the federal government and, voluntarily, by private entities; and
(3) develop a schedule for the assessment of standards and implementation specifications.
Requires the Secretary, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and the Secretary of Defense to jointly review such recommendations.
Requires the President to provide for the adoption by the federal government of standards and implementation specifications contained in such recommendation.
Establishes the American Health Information Community to:
(1) provide advice to the Secretary and relevant federal agencies concerning health information technology policy considerations;
(2) make recommendations concerning a policy framework for the development and adoption of a nationwide interoperable health information technology infrastructure; and
(3) make recommendations concerning national policies for adoption by the federal government and, voluntarily, by private entities to support the widespread adoption of health information technology, including the protection of individually identifiable health information.
Requires the Secretary to review all recommendations and determine which should be endorsed by the federal government.
Terminates provisions related to the Community on September 20, 2014.
Prohibits a federal agency from expending federal funds for the purchase of new health information technology that is not consistent with standards adopted under this Act. Directs all federal agencies collecting health data in an electronic format to comply with the standards and implementation specifications adopted under this Act.
Requires the Secretary to contract with private entities to serve as Quality Reporting Organizations to store federal health data and develop reports to: (1) improve the quality and efficiency of health care and advanced health care research; (2) enhance the education and awareness of consumers for evaluating health care services; and (3) provide the public with reports on national, regional, provider, and supplier performance.
Requires the Secretary to give researchers access to all federal health care data to report on the performance of health care providers and suppliers.