Glossary: O

  • Office of the National Coordinator (ONC)

    Serves as principal advisor to the Secretary of HHS on the development, application, and use of health information technology; coordinates HHS’s health information technology policies and programs internally and with other relevant executive branch agencies; develops, maintains, and directs the implementation of HHS’ strategic plan to guide the nationwide implementation of interoperable health information technology in both the public and private health care sectors, to the extent permitted by law; and provides comments and advice at the request of OMB regarding specific Federal health information technology programs. ONC was established within the Office of the Secretary of HHS in 2004 by Executive Order 13335.