The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has issued a final rule to establish a permanent certification program for health information technology applications, particularly electronic health records systems and modules.

ONC filed the rule on Jan. 3 and it's available at It will be published Jan. 7 in the Federal Register. ONC expects the permanent certification program will begin on Jan. 1, 2012. In the event of a delay, the existing temporary program will continue until the permanent program is ready.

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