From the ONC Desk
Below find the latest policy and event announcements on America’s transition to electronic health records from the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
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Unfortunately, health disparities in access to quality care are common. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) 2011 National Healthcare Disparities Report indicates that:
Last year, ONC issued a Request for Information (RFI) to gather public input on a potential regulatory approach that would have spelled out “conditions for trusted exchange” (safeguards, technical, and business practice) through rulemaking, and establish a voluntary accreditation and certification process for validating organizations as being legitimate participants in the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN).
The FY 2014 Budget for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is $78 million, $17 million above FY 2012. The Budget builds upon the investment of health information technology (IT) resources authorized in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act (as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009). It also strengthens ONC’s expertise on activities related to ONC’s core mission including adoption and meaningful use; policy development; standards development; certification; information exchange and interoperability.