HHS Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2007–2012 (Strategic Plan). Office of the National Coordinator

11/22/2015

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) provides leadership for the development and nationwide implementation of interoperable health information technology, which has the potential to lower costs, reduce medical errors, improve the quality of care, and provide patients and physicians with new ways to interact. The National Coordinator is the Secretary’s principal advisor on the development, application, and use of health IT; coordinates HHS’s health IT programs; ensures that HHS health IT policy and programs are coordinated with those of other relevant executive branch agencies; and coordinates public/private partnerships focused on the health IT agenda.

ONC’s principal goal is the achievement of interoperable electronic health records available to most Americans by 2014. Achieving this goal requires activities across a broad range of areas including standards development, certification processes, piloting of health information exchanges across a number of clinical domains and markets, and solid survey techniques to track progress in adoption. In addition to addressing the technical issues, the Office is focused on privacy and security concerns; medicolegal issues; incentives, financial alignments, and business cases; and workforce/cultural needs. These activities will be undertaken through coordinating large, collaborative partnerships between public and private organizations to receive the breadth of input necessary to change the course and outcome of our Nation’s health care system. A number of operating and staff divisions within HHS have a successful history of designing and delivering successful health IT solutions; these include AHRQ, CMS, and HRSA. ONC’s coordinating role will serve to support these existing strengths and help identify synergies that can be achievable through leveraging these organizations and others toward a unified health IT strategy not only for HHS, but also for the Nation as a whole.

 

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