Scientific Initiatives

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) conducts projects that leverage the existing health IT investment to support the biomedical and health services research enterprise.  In addition, ONC coordinates related health IT policy and programs with key federal and private sector stakeholders such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Key relevant programs and projects are highlighted below.

Precision Medicine


The Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), launched in 2015, is a nationwide initiative to move away from the “one-size-fits-all” approach to health care delivery and to instead tailor treatment and prevention strategies to people’s unique characteristics, including environment, lifestyle, and biology.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)

Since 2013 the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has led or collaborated on eight projects that inform policy, standards, and services specific to the adoption and implementation of a patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) data infrastructure.

Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health Information Technology (Health IT)

LEAP in Health IT funds projects that address well-documented and fast emerging challenges that inhibit the development, use, and/or advancement of well-designed, interoperable health IT.

How Artificial Intelligence (AI) Can Transform Health and Healthcare

ONC and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, turned to JASON, an independent group of scientists and academics that has been advising the Federal government on matters of science and technology for over 50 years, to consider how AI might shape the future of public health, community health, and healthcare delivery.

JASON Blog Post

Artificial Intelligence for Health and Health Care [PDF -817 KB]

Content last reviewed on August 15, 2019
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