||With the passage of the HITECH Act, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is charged with building an interoperable, private and secure nationwide health information system and supporting the widespread, meaningful use of health information technology.
ONC's mission is looking ahead as it begins its second decade in 2014. ONC is working to improve these five areas:
Adoption: increase end user adoption of electronic health records and health IT to capture and use the information
Standards: establish standards so the various technologies can speak to each other
Incentives: provide the right incentives for the market to drive financial and clinical advances
Privacy and security: make sure protected (personal) health information remains private and secure
Governance: provide governance and structure for the exchange of health information
The concerted initiative on interoperability in 2014 seeks to achieve the ability of two or more systems to exchange health information and use the information once it is received.