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Additional Certification Body Announced

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently announed InfoGard Laboratories, Inc. of San Luis Obispo, California as an ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB).  This is the third ONC-ATCB authorized.  As noted in a previous post, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) and the Drummond Group were the initial organizations qualified to test and certify electronic health record (EHR) systems as capable of meeting the meaningful-use criteria of the federal health IT subsidy program established by economic stimulus.

ONC stated that additional certification bodies are under review.

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HIT Certification Bodies Announced

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) named the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) and the Drummond Group as the initial organizations qualified to test and certify electronic health record (EHR) systems as capable of meeting the meaningful-use criteria of the federal health IT subsidy program established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.  At this time, these ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies (ONC-ATCBs) will be the only two entities that can certify EHRs in the “temporary” certification program outlined by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology in a recently released rule.  This may be an indication of a relatively small number of entities that will eventually be certifying EHRs and EHR modules as meeting the criteria for meaningful use, but in a statement HHS confirmed additional ONC-ATCBs were under review.

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