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Jon White  

Deputy National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Jon White, Deputy National Coordinator, is a family physician who has dedicated his career to improving health and health care quality through the use and sharing of electronic health information. Dr. White has been working in partnership with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) since 2004. ONC is at the forefront of the nation’s efforts to adopt and meaningfully use health information technology, and achieve health information technology interoperability, as a foundational element of better health for everyone in America.

Before his service at ONC, Dr. White was Director of the Division of Health IT at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), where he continues to provide consultation on select initiatives. In his role at AHRQ, Dr. White directed hundreds of projects in 48 States, including research, demonstration and implementation projects on a wide variety of health IT applications and issues. Dr. White has deep experience working with federal government partners (including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs), as well as key health care professional, patient, policy, and health IT stakeholder groups to implement major health care initiatives.

Dr. White trained in family medicine at the University of Virginia and Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of the national AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Education.

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Panel: Breaking down information silos: Beyond meaningful use

The ability to share research and clinical data is a cornerstone of the drive for new cures. The success of promising national priorities depends on our ability to share the Big Data locked in existing large databases. Yet after billions of dollars of investment by the public and private sectors focused on adoption, the interoperability of health data systems lags far behind. Congress and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT recently identified active information blocking as a significant issue, in addition to well-recognized challenges with standards and incentives. How are we going to be able to break down information silos and create the free flow of patient data that will improve care and outcomes and facilitate research?

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