From the ONC Desk

Portrait of Dr. Farzad Mostashari

12 Months of Health Information Technology: A Year of Momentous Progress

Dr. Farzad Mostashari | January 6, 2012

ONC earned its nickname as the “Office of No Christmas” during the 2009 Holiday season roughly two years ago when we, along with our colleagues at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced the proposed regulations to govern the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs (EHR Incentive programs) established under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). CMS’s proposed rule outlined provisions governing the EHR Incentive programs,

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Portrait of Dr. Doug Fridsma

Standards Are Not Optional

Dr. Doug Fridsma | December 7, 2011

Recently we’ve heard that we need to reduce optionality in the standards being developed as part of the Standards & Interoperability (S&I) Framework, and we are listening to the health information technology (health IT) community.

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Portrait of Damon Davis

U.S. Surgeon General’s Healthy App Challenge

Damon Davis | December 6, 2011

Do you have mobile app ideas or have one already developed? The Surgeon General’s Healthy App Challenge invites developers to submit their health, wellness, and fitness mobile apps for review by an independent panel of reviewers selected by the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin. The panel will be supported by the Office of the Surgeon General, and the ONC Innovations Office and Consumer e-Health program. Winners will be announced at a public event in late January.

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