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* About ONC
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. ONC is organizationally located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
ONC is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. The position of National Coordinator was created in 2004, through an Executive Order, and legislatively mandated in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) of 2009.
Can a doctor who sees his patient on a screen only, appropriately prescribe medications? Are doctor’s prescribing habits the same in a virtual consultation, as it is in their office? According to researchers from RAND, they are similar, to a certain extent. While companies involved in TeleHealth tend to suggest, in their studies, that antibiotics are […]