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ONC: Proposed HIT Certification Rules

On March 2, the Department of Health and Human Services released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making process for the establishment of certification programs for health IT.

Below are “Facts at a Glance” released by the Office of the National Coordinator.


  • Section 3001(c)(5) of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA) as added by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, requires the National Coordinator, in consultation with the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, to keep or recognize a program or programs for the voluntary certification of health information technology (health IT)as being in compliance with applicable certification criteria.
  • Certification of EHR Technology will provide assurance to purchasers and other users of health IT that an EHR system offers the necessary technological capability, functionality, and security to meet meaningful use criteria.
  • Under this authority the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing the establishment of two certification programs for the purposes of testing and certifying health IT, one temporary and one permanent.

To read the full Facts at a Glance click here.

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