Health Innovation

Portrait of Peter Garrett

Health IT Buzz Blog Goes Mobile – Accessible Anytime, Anywhere, From Any Digital Device

Peter Garrett | August 21, 2012

Here at ONC, as we promote the use of information technology to improve clinical care, we also want to be responsive to new communications technology developments ourselves. There are new expectations that the federal government should deliver and receive digital information and services anytime, anywhere, and on any device. To help meet these expectations, and build a 21st Century government that works better for the American people, the White House released the Digital Government Strategy.

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Portrait of Erin Siminerio, M.P.H.

New Animated Video Explains How Advancements in Technology are Giving You Tools and Access to Information to Manage Your Health

Erin Siminerio, M.P.H. | August 7, 2012

It’s time health care caught up with the way we live the rest of our lives. Technology has transformed the way we bank, shop, travel and communicate; yet, health care has lagged far behind.
ONC has posted 3:00 minute and 60-second versions of an animated video for consumers that explains how widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and other technology is helping to give the U.S. health care system a 21st Century upgrade—creating one that is smarter and more responsive to the needs of patients,

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Portrait of Dr. Farzad Mostashari

Seeking Application Developers for the Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge

Dr. Farzad Mostashari | July 27, 2012

Can we really prevent a million heart attacks and strokes in the next five years? The Million HeartsTM initiative is a public-private effort to do just that by implementing proven, effective, and inexpensive interventions. It’s doable only because so many individuals at high risk for heart attacks and strokes are not being adequately treated, and in many cases, are not in treatment at all. Only 47 percent of people at high risk are on aspirin; less than half of those with high blood pressure or cholesterol have it well controlled;

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Portrait of Erin Siminerio, M.P.H.

ONC Challenges Americans to Find Out What’s In Your Health Record?!

Erin Siminerio, M.P.H. | July 19, 2012

Share Your Story and Win Cash Prizes (#YourHealthRecord)
Many Americans can’t recall the last time they stepped foot into a bank to manage their finances. Eighty percent of U.S. adults use the Internet [1] and of those who are online, 61 percent do their banking online [2]. Yet when it comes to managing our health, most Americans don’t have their most important information—their health information—at their fingertips. Rather, this information is locked away in filing cabinets and folders.

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Portrait of Wil Yu

ONC Launches New Health Data Platform i2 Challenges

Wil Yu | July 16, 2012

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is excited to have launched a series of new Investing in Innovation (i2) Initiative competitions at the recent Health Datapalooza! The i2 program promotes the use of technology to find solutions that drive better outcomes, engage users in their health, and improve health care quality. The first series of i2 challenges targeted at developing new functionality for the HHS’ Health Data Platform is available at

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