With HITECH Act funding expiring, a reorganization of the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT is underway. But how streamlined the agency will get is not yet clear.
In a May 30 memo to ONC staff, National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo said the realignment is an opportunity to make the 10-year-old agency as efficient and effective as possible. Now as we pivot to a new decade, these few strategic, organizational changes allow us to better align the agency to meet the needs of the future, she wrote. This functional realignment will improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of ONC by combining similar functions, elevating critical priority functions, and providing a flatter and more accountable reporting structure.
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