Health IT Community Reacts to Final Rule on Temporary E-Health Record Certification

Last month, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released a final rule on a temporary program to approve organizations to test and certify electronic health records under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package.

In an iHealthBeat Special Report by Pat McConahay, health IT experts react to the final rule.

One common concern among some groups is that ONC did not designate the Certification Commission for Health IT as a temporary certification body. Therefore, CCHIT will have to apply for the status along with other interested organizations.

In addition, the rule did not offer "grandfathered" status to provide automatic ONC certification to existing EHRs, even if the systems previously received certification from CCHIT

The Special Report includes comments from:

  • Karen Bell, chair of CCHIT;
  • Crystal Kallem of the American Health Information Management Association;
  • David Muntz, board member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives; and
  • Robert Tennant, senior policy adviser for the Medical Group Management Association.

ONC plans to release a final rule on the permanent EHR certification program this fall (McConahay, iHealthBeat, 7/15).

The complete transcript of this Special Report is available as a PDF.

Michael Milne
Of course Bell, Kallem, Muntz and Tennant would complain because this levels the playing field for other competitors. See the movie "the Other Guys" and a scene where the securities regular says they will ask about "illegal trading" when they play golf on the weekend with those suspected. Or how about another real life example in the BOEMRE and the Oil companies. CCHIT is tainted in many physicians opinion. The only way to avoid resistence is equality for all under the new rules - equality means no special favors.

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