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Permanent Certification Program

Today Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems are certified to criteria and standards issued by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). On January 3, 2011 the ONC issued the Final Rule to establish the permanent certification program for health information technology. The rule was officially published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2011. In June 2011 American National Standards Institute (ANSI) was selected as the ONC Approved Accreditor (ONC-AA) for the ONC Permanent Certification Program.

2014 Edition Certification

On September 4, 2012 the ONC issued the Health Information Technology: Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology, 2014 Edition; Revisions to the Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology Final Rule. The rule changes the name of the Permanent Certification Program to the ONC HIT Certification Program. The ONC HIT Certification Program became fully operational on October 4, 2012. Under the program, products are tested and certified by different entities.

  1. Developers and Vendors first test their product with an Accredited Testing Laboratories (ATL)
  2. If the product meets the requirements, they work with an ONC-Authorized Certification Bodies (ONC-ACBs) to certify the product.
  3. Once the product is certified, it is submitted to ONC.
  4. The ONC posts the product on the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL).

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Related Terms and Acronyms

  • ANSI - American National Standards Institute
  • ATL - Accredited Testing Laboratory
  • CHPL – Certified Health IT Product List
  • EHR – Electronic Health Record
  • HIT – Health Information Technology
  • ONC – Office of the National Coordinator
  • ONC-AA - ONC Approved Accreditor
  • ONC-ACB - ONC-Authorized Certification Body
  • PCP – Permanent Certification Program



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Last Updated: March 20, 2013