The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT announced two organizations as an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB). The two organizations are the:
- Certification Commission for Health IT (CCHIT). Read the CCHIT press announcement.
- Drummond Group (DGI). Read the DGI press announcement.
According to David Blumenthal, M.D., national coordinator for Health Information Technology:
“Less than two months following the issuance of final meaningful use rules, we have approved our initial ONC-ATCB certifiers. EHR vendors can begin immediately to get their products certified. This is a crucial step because it ensures that certified EHR products will be available to support the achievement of the required meaningful use objectives, that these products will be aligned with one another on key standards, and that doctors and hospitals can invest with confidence in these certified systems.”
Additional information on the ONC certification programs is available on the HHS Health IT site.
This is another step forward in putting the parameters and processes in place which are being driven by HITECH and the standard of Meaningful Use. HITECH is driving the adoption of EHR systems, offering physicians up to $44,000 in Medicare incentives and almost $64,000 in incentives through Medicaid. Hospitals are eligible to receive millions of dollars as well. In addition to implementing certified EHR systems, providers must meet staged Meaningful Use benchmarks to gain the full incentive amount.
Note: On September 20, 2010, a third EHR certifier was announced by the ONC. Read more here.
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