Accelerating the Adoption of Health Information Technology, a Federal Initiative under the Department of Health and Human Services
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and 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. ONC is organizationally located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
ONC is the principal Federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. The position of National Coordinator was created in 2004, through an Executive Order, and legislatively mandated in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) of 2009.
- ONC Health IT web site
- Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2011 – 2015
- Electronic Health Records and Meaningful Use
- Regulations and Guidance
- Updates from the National Coordinator
- Federal Advisory Committees – Meeting Calendar
“I am the future of health care. Putting the I in Health IT.” is the HHS campaign to educate providers, professionals, patients, and families on health information technology. Providers, get the basics, start transitioning to EHRS, or get implementation help. Patients, learn the basics and benefits of IT, protect your personal health information (PHI), and find tools and resources.
The Health IT Dashboard presents key information and data to enable collaborative monitoring of the impact of federal policies, programs, and research activities related to health IT. The Dashboard currently provides summary information about all ONC HITECH grant programs, and detailed data from the Regional Extension Center, and Community College Consortia to Educate Health IT Professionals programs.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the Federal agency that administers the Medicare program and monitors the Medicaid programs offered by each state. Administration and payments for the EHR Incentive programs are made through CMS. Solicitation of comments and federal registry rules on the EHR incentive programs are issued by CMS.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) official site for the EHR Incentive Programs provides information and resources on the programs. The programs offer incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology.
- The Official Web Site for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs
- Subscribe to the CMS EHR Incentive Program listserv
- CMS EHR Incentive Program FAQs
HRSA Health IT Adoption Toolkit
Developed by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Health IT Adoption Toolbox is a compilation of planning, implementation and evaluation resources to help community health centers, other safety net providers, and ambulatory care providers implement health IT applications in their facilities.