InfoGard New Testing Body for EHR
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has added InfoGard Laboratories, Inc. to its list of ONC-authorized testing and certification bodies (ONC-ATCBs) of electronic health record (EHR) technology.
InfoGard Laboratories, Inc. is the third organization to be selected as an ONC-ATCB. The other two ONC-ATCBs are the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) and Drummond Group, Inc.
These organizations perform complete EHR and/or EHR module testing and certification. Certification by an ATCB signifies to eligible professionals, hospitals, and critical access hospitals that an EHR system has the capabilities necessary to support their efforts to earn financial incentives.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, signed into law Feb. 17, 2009, established financial incentives beginning in 2011 to eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals able to demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. EPs may qualify for up to $44,000 in incentive payments between 2011-2015.