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Jun 19 2010   1:59PM GMT

Final EHR certification ruling has some new additions

Posted by: RedaChouffani
Certified-EHR, ONC-ATCB, stimulus certification

The Office of National Coordinator has officially issued the final rule  for the temporary program that will certify electronic records systems required for the practices engaging in the Stimulus.

Since the release of the two certification processes available under the previously proposed ruling in March, now EHR vendors can be certified by designated organizations that will test and certify them.

For many hospitals and organizations that have “self-developed” solutions, the ONC-ATCB has responded to the many commenter to allow many of these complete EHR or EHR modules to be tested remotely in the development sites or even deployment sites.

In addition, it has been noted that all certified EHR must maintain their certified status.  It is has been proposed that any certified product would loose its certification upon the Secretary of HHS adopting new or modified certification criteria.

The final ruling also notes that if the temporary certification sunsets on December 31, 2011 and when the permanent certification program is fully implemented, all applications certified EHRs for the period of 2011/2012 would not be required to be re-certified again under the permanent certification.

As software vendors continue to provide their clients with routine maintenance,fixes for product bugs and new features, the ONC-approved testing and certification body (ONC-ATCB) is requiring at minimum for these certified EHR vendors to submit an attestation that would indicate all changes made, the reasons for the adjustments and other supporting information that will help the ONC-ATCB assess the potential effects of the new updated version.

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