ONC delays permanent EHR certification program

The permanent health IT certification program for Meaningful Use of electronic health records, which was to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2012, has been pushed back until at least next summer by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, in a Federal Register notice last Thursday, said that after consulting with current ONC-Approved Accreditor the American National Standards Institute, the organizations said there will not be enough ONC accredited testing laboratories or authorized certification bodies until the summer of 2012. Read the full article at FierceEMR