ONC Names Two Health Information Technology Review Bodies

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has named the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology and the Drummond Group as the first healthcare information technology review bodies, according to a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services news release.

These new ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies are authorized to test and certify electronic health systems to ensure compliance to standards and certification criteria set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services earlier this year. ONC-ATCB certification ensures EHR products will support healthcare providers' achievement of meaningful use.

Certification of EHRs is a part of a government initiative that will distribute incentive payments through Medicare and Medicaid to healthcare providers that demonstrate adoption and meaningful use of EHRs.

EHR vendors can apply for certification of their products. Applications for additional ONC-ATCBs are under review.

Read the HHS news release about the two ONC-ATCBs.

Read other coverage on healthcare information technology:

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- New Study Examines True Costs of Owning an EMR System

- Maine Receives Approval for $6.6M Grant to Expand Health Information Technology

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