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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently celebrated two decades of groundbreaking strides in health care technology at the 2024 Health Evolution Summit. Past and present leaders convened to reflect on the office’s journey and chart the course for the future.

The Summit offered a unique opportunity for these esteemed leaders to reunite and reflect on ONC’s work. Their discussions delved into the evolution of health technology, spanning from the arduous early days of establishing interoperability standards to the present-day challenges of navigating the complexities of modern health IT systems.

The leaders also raised thought-provoking points on the pivotal role of technology in elevating patient care, the imperative of interoperability in fostering innovation, and the exciting prospects presented by emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

In a highlight of the discussion, each former national coordinator shared a candid reflection of their lessons learned and advice for the path forward. With wisdom garnered from their tenures, they provided invaluable perspectives on the future trajectory of health IT—and the bipartisan, cross-industry collaboration needed to harness the promise of the rapidly evolving health IT landscape. Their collective vision inspired leaders to continue to make strides in advancing the ONC’s mission of leveraging technology to enhance health care quality and outcomes nationwide.

We were excited to be joined by:

David Blumenthal, MD
David Brailer, MD, PhD
Karen DeSalvo, MD
Robert Kolodner, MD
Farzad Mostashari, MD
Donald Rucker, MD
Micky Tripathi, PhD
Vindell Washington, MD

Looking ahead, leaders are focused on building upon ONC’s powerful legacy and embracing new frontiers in health care technology. With leaders committed to driving progress, the future holds boundless opportunities for innovation.

The ONC reunion served as both a celebration of past achievements and a call to action for the future. As leaders departed, they carried a shared commitment to driving positive change in health care through technology—and encouraged executives across the health care industry to do the same.

ONC’s enduring legacy of excellence and innovation is poised to usher in a new era of transformative advancements in health care. 

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