ONC Issues Final Rule on EHR Certification Program | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

ONC Issues Final Rule on EHR Certification Program

June 21, 2010
by root
| Reprints

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has issued a final rule to establish a temporary certification program for electronic health record (EHR) technology. Organizations will need to abide by processes set up by the certification program in order to be authorized by the National Coordinator to test and certify HER technology.

Use of “certified EHR technology” is a core requirement for providers to qualify for incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs provisions authorized in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

The final rule of the temporary certification program is the first of two certification programs proposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the purposes of testing and certifying EHRs. A final rule for a second, permanent certification program is expected to be published this fall.

Topics

News

NewYork-Presbyterian, Walgreens Partner on Telemedicine Initiative

NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens are collaborating to bring expanded access to NewYork-Presbyterian’s healthcare through new telemedicine services, the two organizations announced this week.

ONC Releases Patient Demographic Data Quality Framework

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) developed a framework to help health systems, large practices, health information exchanges and payers to improve their patient demographic data quality.

AMIA, Pew Urge Congress to Ensure ONC has Funding to Implement Cures Provisions

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) have sent a letter to congressional appropriators urging them to ensure that ONC has adequate funding to implement certain 21st Century Cures Act provisions.

Former Michigan Governor to Serve as Chair of DRIVE Health

Former Michigan Governor John Engler will serve as chair of the DRIVE Health Initiative, a campaign aimed at accelerating the U.S. health system's transition to value-based care.

NJ Medical Group Launches Statewide HIE, OneHealth New Jersey

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched OneHealth New Jersey, a statewide health information exchange (HIE) that is now live.

Survey: 70% of Providers Using Off-Premises Computing for Some Applications

A survey conducted by KLAS Research found that 70 percent of healthcare organizations have moved at least some applications or IT infrastructure off-premises.