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ONC Funding for EHR Adoption

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is highly committed to the HITECH Act as it is diligently providing technical support to critical access and rural hospitals for the seamless implementation of EHR systems. In line with that commitment, the ONC recently provided an additional $12 million in funding to 48 regional extension

ONC’s Final Rule for Permanent Certification Program

The final rule for the establishment of a permanent certification program for health information technology is has been released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. It will be used to permit organizations to declare electronic health records (EHRs) technology. The details of the permanent certification program are as follows: Organizations

The White House Urges Standards for Health Information Exchange

In a White House report published on December 8th, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) advocated the adoption of standards (i.e., a universal exchange language) to enable healthcare providers to exchange patient health information in real-time.  The White House urged the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and the Centers for

ONC-ATCB Certification Program Launched by CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) has successfully launched its certification program as an ONC-ATCB (Authorized Testing and Certification Body of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology).  CCHIT, acknowledged by the ONC as one of the initial ATCBs, will verify that EMRs solutions are capable of meeting the 2011/2012

ONC Names the Initial EMR Certification Bodies

The Office of the National Coordinator for Information Technology (ONC) has announced the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), Chicago, Ill. and the Drummond Group Inc. (DGI), Austin, Texas, as the first technology review bodies which have been approved to examine and certify electronic medical record (EMR) systems for conformity with certification criteria that

ONC Releases Final Rule for Temporary EHR Certified Program

On June 18th, the Office of the National Coordinator of Health and Information Technology (ONC) released a final rule pertaining to the temporary certification program for electronic health records (EHR).  The rule contains guidelines for organizations to follow in order to be authorized by the ONC to test, approve and certify EHR technology. In March,