Portrait of Lisa-Nicole Sarnowski

Women’s Health and Implementing the 21st Century Cures Act

Lisa-Nicole Sarnowski | May 12, 2021

As we celebrate Women’s Health Week, we wanted to share some of the ways that ONC’s work directly impacts women of all ages, in every part of the country. ONC published a strategy in October 2020 that outlined federal health IT goals and objectives, with a focus on individuals’ access to their electronic health information. One step in achieving some of these goals is through the implementation of ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule, which advanced policies to improve the access,

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Portrait of Teresa Zayas Cabán, PhD

Showing the Way to Useful Health IT through Human Factors and Ergonomics

Teresa Zayas Cabán, PhD | December 17, 2020

For health IT to benefit health and healthcare, it must be useable by – and useful to – patients and clinicians.  This is precisely where the discipline of human factors and ergonomics (HFE) serves as an essential foundation for the development, implementation, and use of high-quality health information systems and practices.  HFE improves overall performance through study of interactions among humans and other elements of a system.

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Portrait of John Fleming

Usability is Key to Unlocking Health IT’s Full Potential

John Fleming | October 2, 2017

This week is National Health IT Week, a nationwide celebration of the value of health information technology (health IT). To kick things off, I wanted to take some time to talk about one of my main areas of focus. Since I joined the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), I have spent a lot of my time gaining insight about the challenges facing our healthcare system as it relates to health IT.

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