The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued a final rule to establish the permanent certification program for health information technology on Monday.
- Organizations must first be accredited by an ONC-Approved Accreditor (ONC-AA) in order to become Authorized Certification Bodies (ONC-ACBs) to test and/or certify health information technology.
- ONC-AA status will be granted to only one accreditation body at a time and will be chosen based on a competitive process.
- Every three years the ONC-AA will be required to renew their status and at this time the ONC will accept new applications.
- The ONC expects there will be six ONC-ACBs, which will be required to renew their status every three years.
- ONC-ACBs are required to conduct post-certification surveillance.
- ONC-ACBs are permitted to perform “gap certification,” providing the option for and performing gap certification of previously certified complete EHRs and or modules.
- ONC-ACBs are allowed to certify other types of HIT in the event that applicable certification criteria are adopted.
- ONC-ACB are required to accept requests for a newer version of a previously certified complete EHR/and or module to inherit the certified status of the previously certified complete EHR/and or module without requiring the newer version to be recertified.