CHICAGO (GenomeWeb) – The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, or ONC, has not done much in the world of genomic informatics in its 13-year history. But that is slowly starting to change for ONC, the agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services tasked with promoting, planning, coordinating, and setting strategy for health IT and the exchange of health data.

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