Federal spending levels for health information technology initiatives generally get a boost in the Department of Health and Human Services’ proposed budget for fiscal year 2014.

The operational budget of the Office of the National Coordinator would rise from $61 million in fiscal 2013--the same as in 2012--to $78 million next year. The increase will enable ONC to continue investments in several programs as HITECH funds run out. These include core standards development, health information technology certification, new tools and resources to support electronic health records meaningful use and HIT workforce curricula, work with stakeholders on governance of health information exchange, address new privacy and security policy issues to support a national cybersecurity program, and launch a patient safety plan.

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