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Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent Federal agency that works to maintain a strongly competitive free enterprise system. The Commission investigates consumer complaints, writes trade regulations, develops consumer education programs, and protects consumers from unfair or deceptive business practices. Ten regional FTC offices also collect and investigate consumer complaints. The FTC's consumer protection programs focus on health-related topics such as truth in advertising, product reliability, and business practices of health spas and nursing homes.

Review Date: January 20, 2012

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Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. Located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 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.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

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