The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Directory » Organizations

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is a staff division within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, primarily focused on implementing an interoperable, private and secure nationwide health information system and supporting the widespread, meaningful use of technology. ONC was created in 2004 through an executive order by President George W. Bush, and was legislatively mandated in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) of 2009. Farzad Mostashari, MD, a physician and public health expert, currently serves as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. He is preceded by physician and Harvard Medical School Professor David Blumenthal (2009- 2011), psychiatrist Robert Kolodner (interim 2006, permanent 2007-2009). The first national coordinator was physician and venture capitalist, David Brailer, MD, who served from 2004 until 2007.

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