The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) has begun posting names of certified electronic medical records (EMRs), and says it does not anticipate a backlog accommodating additional testing. Meaningful use certification is required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The CCHIT has increased its capacity to accommodate anticipated increased demand.
It looks as if we’ll soon know the names of the authorized testing and certification bodies (ATCBs) for electronic health records (EHRs). ATCBs will be the only authorities that can certify EHR products for meaningful use (and thus allow health care providers to earn American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA, incentives). According to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology, officials are reviewing applications and will likely announce approved ATCBs before the end of the summer.