The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has begun accepting applications from organizations that wish to be temporarily certified for using electronic health record systems.
The certification deems the healthcare providers eligible for federal funding as long as their EHR use falls under the meaningful use requirements, a set regulatory metrics established under the The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act passed in 2009.
While the rules have not yet been finalized, the guidelines for providers to fall under certification were proposed in March.
Carol Bean, a standards harmonization analyst for ONC, said HHS has already received about 40 application inquiries and 14 requests for applications.
The organizations that fall under the requirements will be eligible to receive a portion of the $36 billion available under the legislation’s incentive funds.
With EHR technology certification, healthcare providers can be assured the adopted EHR technology has been tested and includes the required capabilities they need to use the technology in a meaningful way. The certification applications will potentially improve quality and efficiency in the healthcare system by establishing a level of continuity among EHR users.