ONC is the principal Federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. The position of National Coordinator was created in 2004, through an Executive Order, and legislatively mandated in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) of 2009. 
The State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreements Program, authorized by Section 3013 of the PHSA as amended by ARRA, is designed to promote health information exchange (HIE) that will advance mechanisms for information sharing across the health care system. Widespread adoption and meaningful use of HIT is one of the foundational steps in improving the quality and efficiency of health care. The appropriate and secure electronic exchange and consequent use of health information to improve quality and coordination of care is a critical enabler of a high performance health care system.
eHealthConnecitcut, Connecticut's REC, will focus its most intensive technical assistance on clinicians (physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners) furnishing primary-care services, with a particular emphasis on individual and small group practices (fewer than 10 clinicians with prescriptive privileges). The REC will also focus intensive technical assistance on clinicians providing primary care in public and critical access hospitals, community health centers, and in other settings that predominantly serve uninsured, underinsured, and medically underserved populations.
Information on the federal Health Information Extension Program see link.
Eligible Professionals who are planning to participate in the Connecticut Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program are required to register with the Medical Assistance Provider Incentive Repository (MAPIR).  The MAPIR is targeted to launch by summer 2011.  Please check the official Connecticut Medicaid Incentives EHR Incentive Program website for information and updates. 
Eligible Professionals are also required to register with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service‚Äôs National Level Repository (NLR).  Registration for the NLR is now open!  Follow the link below for registration and additional information on the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.
Learn more about meaningful use:
A glossary of HIT/HIE associated definitions.