HIT Makes Recommendations for EHR Certification Plan

The Health IT (HIT) Policy Committee has approved recommendations on the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) proposed rule-making regarding the establishment of a permanent certification program for purposes of testing and certifying health information technology made by the Adoption-Certification Workgroup and the Privacy & Security Policy Workgroup. The HIT Policy Committee approved the recommendations during a May 6 teleconference call.

In general, comments were in favor of the approach to certifying electronic health record (EHR)  technology the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) has taken thus far.

“By separating the certification process from the testing process, and by utilizing existing international testing, accreditation, and certification standards, ONC is improving the objectivity and transparency of the certification and testing processes,” Paul Egerman, Adoption Certification Workgroup co-chair, writes in a report to the National Coordinator.

The Adoption-Certification Workgroup says the recommended changes “will result in more effective achievement of HHS’ objectives with this permanent certification program for EHR Technology.”

The Adoption-Certification Workgroup was charged with recommending to the HIT Policy Committee on issues related to the adoption of certified EHRs that support meaningful use, including issues related to certification, health information extension centers, patient safety, and workforce training.

The Adoption-Certification Workgroup and Privacy & Security Policy Workgroup recommendations were transmitted to the National Coordinator for Health IT David Blumenthal, MD, MPP.

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