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ONC to Boost Oversight over EHR Usability, Patient Safety Woes

ONC ( The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, https://www.healthit.gov/newsroom/about-onc) is reportedly getting more authority to oversee HIT quality. Some initial observations: (1) More government control of yet another healthcare domain may be a double-edged sword, BUT: (2) Something had to be done about HIT, and this initiative could have a good outcome if not overwhelmed too much by corporate and inter-party politics (in our current environment, that is far from assured), and (3) It validates what we have been writing about on this blog since 2004, and elsewhere on my part since about 1998.
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