Ocr also enforces federal civil rights laws

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OCR also enforces federal civil rights laws protecting individuals from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, and disability and works with ONC to ensure that health information technology benefits all individuals, including those who are protected by these laws. Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (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 IT and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange. ONC is the principal federal entity charged with coordinating nationwide efforts to implement and advance the use of health IT and promote the electronic exchange of health information. The Health Information Technology Extension Program(Regional Extension Centers or RECs)offers technical assistance, guidance and information on best practices to support and accelerate health care providers’ efforts to become meaningful users of certified EHR technology. The Health Information Technology Research Center (HITRC) helps support the RECs by gathering information on effective practices and helping the RECs collaborate with one another and with relevant stakeholders to identify and share best practices in EHR adoption, meaningful use, and provider support. The State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Programsupports states or state designated entities in building health information exchange capacity for exchanging health information electronically across the health care system both within and across states.
Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 60The Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Programsupports communities at the cutting edge of EHR adoption and health information exchange to build and strengthen their health IT infrastructure and exchange capabilities to push them to achieve new levels of sustainable health care quality and efficiency. These communities will focus on demonstrating measurable improvements in care, efficiency, and population health. The Health IT Workforce Development Program focuses on several key resources needed to rapidly expand the availability of skilled health IT professionals who will support broad adoption and use of health IT in the provider community. The Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects (SHARP) Programfunds research focused on achieving breakthrough advances to address well-documented problems that have impeded adoption of health IT. The knowledge generated from this program will help accelerate progress towards meaningful use of health IT and a high performing, adaptive, nationwide health care system. The Nationwide Health Information Network is a set of standards, services and policies that enable secure health information exchange over the Internet. The Nationwide Health Information Network will provide a foundation for the exchange of health information across diverse entities, within communities, and across the country.

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