National Academy of Medicine

Applying Innovation to the Work of Government: A Case Study of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT

By Farzad Mostashari
June 15, 2012 | Commentary

For decades, using electronic health records (EHRs) and exchanging health information has been viewed as essential for modernizing health care and improving patient care. The 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act provided financial incentives for health care professionals and hospitals to adopt and “meaningfully use” certified EHRs. It also allocated $2 billion to build the infrastructure needed to deploy interoperable and secure EHRs nationwide.


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