About ONC

What We Do

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, standards-based 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.

Through its work, ONC remains focused on two strategic objectives:

  • Advancing the development and use of health IT capabilities; and
  • Establishing expectations for data sharing

May 2018: Statements of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology


High-quality care, lower costs, healthy population, and engaged people


Improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities through the use of technology and health information that is accessible when and where it matters most

Strategic Goals

  • Advance Person-Centered and Self-Managed Health
  • Transform Health Care Delivery and Community Health
  • Foster Research, Scientific Knowledge, and Innovation
  • Enhance Nation's Health IT Infrastructure

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ONC Organization

ONC is organized into 4 offices. See the current organizational chart below. 

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Content last reviewed on March 12, 2021
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