May 16, 2022

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ONC Turns 18 – Health IT Buzz

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On April 27, 2004, President Bush signed Govt Purchase (EO) 13335 and produced the Workplace of the Nationwide Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Like tapping that initially domino, this solitary action is a key minute in United States well being IT record. Almost two many years afterwards, US plan and technologies management in overall health IT is globe-renowned.

All over this time, ONC has remained genuine to the four original duties forged by EO 13335 (paraphrased):

  1. serve as the Secretary’s principal advisor on the growth, software, and use of overall health IT
  2. guarantee that well being info know-how policy and courses of the Department of Wellbeing and Human Products and services (HHS) are coordinated with all those of pertinent government department businesses
  3. coordinate outreach and session with community and non-public functions and
  4. provide remarks and information on wellbeing IT at the ask for of the Workplace of Management and Spending plan.

The past 18 yrs has viewed its share of remarkable, industry-moving activities, these as the passage of the HITECH Act (2009) and 21st Century Cures Act (2016) as properly as important electronic well being file (EHR) investments by HHS and the procurement of a commercial EHR method (ONC-certified, I could possibly incorporate) by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Incorporate in huge fiscal investments from the public and non-public sectors as well as a sizeable volume of “sweat equity” from service provider companies and know-how developers and you can see why extra than 90 p.c of hospitals and practically the very same quantity of medical professional practices now use EHR devices. This dramatic modify in what is arguably the most complicated sector of our financial state is a mammoth achievement.

Amidst these and other marquee moments, a few hundred previous and existing workers have occur by ONCs ranks with a basic reason in intellect – to make the nation’s health and fitness much better by the use of health and fitness IT. And which is what keeps us likely. Possessing began at ONC soon following its initial birthday, there have definitely been months and several years where the headwinds felt strong. But we persevered. When there is no shortage of do the job to be performed, it’s also significant to get inventory of how significantly we have come. That’s a testament to all of the national coordinators (with whom I have had the privilege to provide) and the remarkable continuity they’ve presented across administrations.

EHR Adoption Since ONC was established

Thank you to everyone out there who has ever submitted a community remark, participated in an advisory committee, attended an ONC party, or supported an ONC challenge. We know if we invited you all, it would be a single heck of a get together!

As we celebrate our 18th birthday, it’s with a ongoing sense of delight, patriotism, and optimism about the long term of wellness.



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