Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC): The ONC, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is the principal federal entity charged with coordinating implementation of health IT and the electronic exchange of health information. The ONC was created via executive order in 2004 and mandated in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) of 2009.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): Also an agency within the HHS, AHRQ promotes quality improvement in healthcare. Health IT is an AHRQ priority. AHRQ develops and releases resources and tools on how health IT can improve health care quality. More about the portfolio is here.
FHIR Foundation: Fast Health Interoperability Resources (FHIR), pronounced "fire," is a standard for exchanging health information electronically and securely. The FHIR Foundation is run by HL7 and advocates for the FHIR standard.
Health Level Seven International (HL7): Founded in 1987, HL7 is a not-for-profit standards developing organization on a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services. HL7 has more than 1,600 members from over 50 countries, including 500 corporate members representing healthcare providers, government stakeholders, payers, pharmaceutical companies, vendors/suppliers, and consulting firms.
"The Doctor Will See You Now?" is a January 2016 issue brief by the National Center for Policy Analysis that grades state telemedicine regulations. The American Telemedicine Association awarded 22 states an “A” for regulations governing telemedicine providers-patient encounters. Three states — Texas, Alabama and Arkansas — got an F.
"Variation In Rural Health Information Technology Adoption And Use" was published online by Health Affairs in January 2016. It found that w"hile rural hospitals and physicians have adopted health information technology at the same, or greater, rates as their urban counterparts, meaningful-use attestation varies dramatically among rural providers. Also, rural providers are more likely to skip a year of declaring that they have met meaningful-use requirements, putting them at a financial disadvantage compared to urban providers."