Positioning ONC for Continued Success

Today, we announced two exciting changes within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology – the creation of an Office of the Chief Medical Officer and an Office of Consumer eHealth.

The primary function of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer will be to infuse a clinical perspective across ONC on all activities which have clinical implications. Activities located in this office will include safety, usability, clinical decision support, meaningful use policy development, and quality including metrics and measurement development. The Chief Medical Officer will report directly to me, and will play a key role in helping ONC satisfy its mission of improving health and health care through health IT.

The Office of Consumer eHealth will continue the work on consumer engagement begun in our Office of Policy and Planning. Creation of this new office provides exciting opportunities for ONC to expand upon the work that is currently underway, including the pledge program and patient-focused challenges. Creation of the Office of Consumer eHealth demonstrates ONC’s strong commitment to enabling patient and family engagement in health care.

These changes are well-aligned with ONC’s strategic priorities, and will position ONC to move into the future with its “eye on the prize” of better, safer health care through health IT with increased efficacy, efficiency and flexibility.  We will undertake a national search for both a Chief Medical Officer and a Director of the Office of Consumer eHealth. Postings for both positions will appear on www.usajobs.gov shortly, and I encourage you to check back often for updates.

3 Comments

  1. Bobby Gladd says:

    I’d be interested in any initiatives aimed at “Positioning REC for Continued Success.” I have a concern that a brain drain may soon ensue.

  2. sherry reynolds @cascadia says:

    Excited to finally hear that ONC has created the long awaited Office of Consumer eHealth. Although many of us have moved past consumer engagement which often happens after the fact to patient centered design principals.

    The goal is so that everyone regardless of age, of education, income or language receives the same high quality, effective, efficient, safe affordable care as the highly educated or highly engaged ePatients might. An unconscious executive, a first generation immigrant, a child or someone who is simply sick and frightened needs to know that the system itself is designed to meet their needs and that it engages them where they are.

    The end is enfolded in the means and you want to end up with a patient centered health care system if you include patient centered design concepts in all of the programs, policies and technology and requires professionals skilled in policy, technology and grass-roots engagement.

    This requires professional who are experts in patient centered design, technology, organizational change, behavioral economics and grass-roots consumer engagement.

  3. I have read the Pledges. I think one of the important aspects is privacy and security of information. Once information is digital, it never seems to go away. That is good except when it falls into the wrong hands. I hope that the security of information is a top concern for the Office of Consumer eHealth.

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