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December 14, 2017

Under the 21st Century Cures Act, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is supposed to implement an EHR reporting program. However, recent budget proposals would cut ONC’s funding – something ONC officials have said would prevent them from fully implementing this safety provision. The Cures Act was overwhelmingly bipartisan and ONC's role in facilitating its goals is substantial. Today, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Medical Informatics Association sent a letter to congressional appropriators urging them to ensure ONC has adequate funding to implement these bipartisan provisions. ONC must be fully funded.