The Certification Commission for Health Care Information Technology has started the process of updating its 2011 criteria to conform to the interim final rule that establishes standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria for electronic health record.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology published the rule on Jan. 13, effective on Feb. 12 meaning the criteria are adopted, but with a comment period through March 15 that could result in modifications. ONC in coming months will publish another rule to establish the actual EHR certification process. At least one other entity besides CCHIT, Drummond Group Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas, has said it intends to apply to become a certifying body for EHRs. The firm operates a test laboratory offering interoperability/conformance testing and certification.

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