The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the United States' health IT efforts. ONC is a resource to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care.
The ONC’s Regional Extension Centers (RECs), located in every region of the country, serve as a support and resource center to assist providers in EHR implementation and HealthIT needs. As trusted advisors, RECs “bridge the technology gap” by helping providers navigate the EHR adoption process from vendor selection and workflow analysis to implementation and meaningful use.
Providers and patients must be confident that health information technology (health IT) products and systems they use are secure, maintain data confidentially, work with other systems to share information, and perform a set of well-defined functions.
The Office for Civil Rights enforces the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information; the HIPAA Security Rule, which sets national standards for the security of electronic protected health information; and the confidentiality provisions of the Patient Safety Rule, which protect identifiable information being used to analyze patient safety events and improve patient safety.
The Office of the National Coordinator has identified several entities as Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies (ATCB). These organizations are leading the effort to certify health information technology products.
The next time you're in your doctor's office, ask them if they participate in the Iowa Health Information Network. If not, please mention our website, www.iowaehealth.org.
Watch a brief overview of why electronic health records and a health information network are so important.