Two More EHR Certifiers SelectedTesting Software for HITECH Incentive Program
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, headed by David Blumenthal, M.D., has selected ICSA Labs, Mechanicsburgh, Pa., and SLI Global Solutions, Denver, Colo., as certifiers.
ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon Business, has been providing testing and certification of security products for 20 years. SLI Global Solutions, founded in 1996 as SysTest Labs, specializes in risk management and offers election system certification testing.
Earlier, Blumenthal's office authorized The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, Chicago, the Drummond Group Inc., Austin, Texas, and InfoGard Laboratories Inc., San Luis Obispo, Calif., as certifiers.
A list of EHR software that's been certified so far is available on the ONC website.
Under the HITECH Act, Medicare and Medicaid will provide as much as $27 billion in incentive payments, beginning next year, to hospitals and physicians who make meaningful use of qualifying certified EHR software.