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.