News | January 04, 2011

Steps to Create Permanent Health IT Certification Program Underway

January 4, 2011 - The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has issued a final rule to establish the permanent certification program for health information technology.

The permanent certification program provides new features, including increasing the comprehensiveness, transparency, reliability and efficiency of the current processes used for the certification of electronic health record (EHR) technology. Meaningful use of “Certified EHR Technology” is a core requirement for eligible health care providers who seek to qualify to receive incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs as authorized by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

“This final rule completes the two-phased approach ONC began with the proposed rule issued in Spring 2010 and includes several important improvements to our certification processes,” said David Blumenthal, M.D., MPP, national coordinator for health information technology. “Our goal is to make the transition to the permanent certification program as seamless as possible.”

The temporary certification program, established through a final rule published on June 24, 2010, will continue to be in effect until it sunsets on Dec. 31, 2011, or at a later date when the processes necessary for the permanent certification program to operate are completed. ONC expects to stand-up the programmatic activities necessary to implement the permanent certification program throughout 2011.

Features of the permanent certification program include:?

• Organizations must first be accredited in order to test and/or certify health information technology

• Certification bodies authorized by the National Coordinator (ONC-Authorized Certification Bodies or ONC-ACBs) are required to conduct post-certification surveillance

• ONC-ACBs are permitted to perform “gap certification.”

As proposed, ONC will request that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) through its National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) develop a laboratory accreditation program for organizations to be accredited to test health information technology for purposes of the permanent certification program. Based on NIST’s technical expertise and the strong relationship formed between ONC and NIST during the successful implementation of the temporary certification program, the use of NVLAP is expected to enhance testing under the permanent certification program and its objectivity overall.

For more information: http://healthit.hhs.gov/certification

For more information about the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology: http://healthit.hhs.gov

Related Content

ScImage Awarded U.S. Government DIN-PACS IV Contract
News | PACS | August 16, 2017
ScImage Inc. was recently awarded a new DIN-PACS IV (Digital Imaging Network/Picture Archiving and Communications...
Neighbors Emergency Center Selects Novarad PACS/RIS
News | PACS | August 15, 2017
August 15, 2017 — Novarad Corp.
Fujifilm Launches Synapse PACS Version 5
Technology | PACS | August 03, 2017
August 3, 2017 – Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc.
RamSoft has teamed up with Availity to bring healthcare providers Patient Access and Patient Authorizations
News | PACS | July 31, 2017
RamSoft has teamed up with Availity to bring healthcare providers Patient Access and Patient Authorizations, two fully...
Agfa Receives FDA 510(k) for Xtend Functionalities on Xero Universal Viewer
Technology | Remote Viewing Systems | July 27, 2017
Agfa HealthCare announced it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the Xero Xtend...
WVU Medicine Deploys Enterprise PACS from ScImage
News | Cardiac PACS | July 24, 2017
ScImage Inc. recently announced West Virginia University Health System has partnered with ScImage to utilize ScImage’s...
Philips Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for IntelliSpace Portal 9.0
Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 29, 2017
Philips announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market...
Envision Diagnostic Center Deploys Exa PACS Across 11 Facilities
News | Enterprise Imaging | June 28, 2017
Envision Diagnostic Center (Novi, Mich.) has implemented Exa PACS (picture archiving and communication system) from...
Fujifilm's Synapse PACS Granted Authority to Operate Under New U.S. DoD Process
News | PACS | June 26, 2017
June 26, 2017 — Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc.
News | PACS | June 23, 2017
Medidata and Median Technologies announced a new collaboration to streamline the growth and use of medical imaging in...
Overlay Init