The 6 national coordinators who have directed ONC
President George Bush created the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on April 27, 2004. At that time, Bush called for the widespread use of electronic health records in 10 years. Since then, the office has been instrumental in setting the foundation for the adoption interoperable EHRs.
The position of the national coordinator was created through an executive order in 2004, then legislatively mandated through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009. Since its beginnings, ONC has been led by coordinators who each have contributed crucial skills at important junctures in the push to improve adoption of EHRs.
Here are the six individuals who have led ONC, including Vindell Washington, MD, who has served as principal deputy national coordinator at ONC and moves into the lead position this week.