Temporary EHR Certifiers Rule Posted

Federal Rule Outlines Selection of Certifiers
Temporary EHR Certifiers Rule Posted
A final federal rule creating a temporary electronic health records software certification program, slated to launch this fall, has been posted on the Federal Register.

The rule creates a process by which an organization can become a certifier. Certifiers will check the functions of the software, including security provisions. "We anticipate that only a few organizations will qualify" the rule states.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, headed by David Blumenthal, M.D., developed the rule.

Healthcare organizations must use certified software to qualify for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive program under the HITECH Act.

Regulators created the temporary certification program so that certifiers could be approved before the incentive program kicks in late this year. A permanent program will be created later.

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Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

Former News Editor, ISMG

Anderson was news editor of Information Security Media Group and founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.

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