SPOTLIGHT: Is ONC being stretched too thin with insurance-exchange enrollment project?

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, formed in 2004 as kind of a bully pulpit to rally the troops behind health IT, has widened its responsibilities over time. Now, with the advent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ONC is working on data standards for electronic enrollment of millions of people in health insurance exchanges and expanded state Medicare programs. This has gotten veteran health IT columnist Ken Terry to wonder if the office isn't being stretched too thin. "Naturally, this effort, which recalls the Manhattan Project in its complexity, must be completed within five months [180 days from the signing of the bill]," Terry writes for the BNET Health Care Blog. "What were the legislators thinking when they set that deadline?" FierceHealthIT

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