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Policymaking, Regulation, & Strategy

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Policymaking, Regulation, & Strategy

HHS has issued rules and regulations to govern the meaningful use of health IT. The Rural Health Initiative, Behavioral Health Initiative, and the Clinical Decision Support programs are in place to help advance health IT.

Health IT Rules & Regulations

Learn more about the rules and regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) that govern the meaningful use program and the use of EHRs to access private medical records.

Health IT Rules and Regulations

Meaningful Use

Find out why EHRs are so important to the future of health care and how the meaningful use program uses health IT to improve health care outcomes and reduce costs.

Meaningful Use

Rural Health Initiative

Learn how the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) work to ensure that rural health care providers can use USDA's Rural Development grants and loans to support the acquisition of health IT infrastructure.

Rural Healthcare Initiative

Behavioral Health Initiative

Learn about ONC’s programs for mental and behavioral health care providers that make effective use of health information technology.


Clinical Decision Support

Find out how Clinical Decision Support provides clinicians, staff, patients or other individuals with knowledge and person-specific information, intelligently filtered or presented at appropriate times, to enhance health and health care.

Clinical Decision Support (CDS)