About i2


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 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 Investing in Innovation (i2) program began in March 2011 with the goal of conducting prize challenges that advance innovation in health IT and in the healthcare system pursuant to the goals of, first, ONC and, second, HHS.

In that period it has successfully completed 22 challenges. The primary goals of the program are the following:

  • Identify topic areas within health IT and healthcare that would benefit from the successful administration of a challenge.
  • Conduct challenges end-to-end.
  • Promote the recognition of final competition awardees and other promising innovators and identify pathways for furthering their solutions, within the private or public sector, to encourage future innovation.
  • Establish an innovation community that engages multi-disciplinary innovators in the exchange of ideas.

The i2 competitions focus on innovations that support:

  • ONC's programs and programmatic goals
  • HHS' programs and programmatic goals
  • The goals of HITECH and clearing hurdles related to the achievement of widespread health IT adoption and meaningful use
  • The achievement of a nationwide learning health system that improves quality, safety, and/or efficiency of health care.