ONC Announces New Patient Engagement Initiative

In many healthcare settings, patients are too often the recipients of services rather than an active participant in their care team. Officials from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced last week a new patient engagement initiative aimed at turning that around.

The initiative, called “Person@Center,” includes a proposed vision: “The power of each individual is developed and unleashed to be active in managing their health and partnering in their health care, enabled by information and technology.”

The patient-centered program, which among other things aims to help patients connect with their own online health data, has three overarching goals, according to ONC. They include:

  • Increased self-management and prevention
  • Seamless interaction with the healthcare system
  • Shared management of healthcare


According to an issue brief on Person@Center, existing ONC programs such as Blue Button, the Consumer eHealth Program, the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program, the Investing in Innovation program, and others will be instrumental in meeting the stated goals. The brief is the end result of efforts from multiple workgroups, thought leadership meetings, and online advisory group meetings.

For more information on the program, visit the Person@Center website, read the issue brief, and read an introductory blog post announcing the program.


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