No Shortage of Products Certified
for Meaningful Use
ELIGIBLE PROFESSIONALS AND HOSPITALS
participating in the federal meaningful use incentive program must
use EHR products that have been certified for use in the
program. A key piece to launching the meaningful use
program has been designing and creating the certification
A final rule creating a temporary certification was published in June 2010, and the first products were certified
that fall. By early September 2011, the number of approved products stood at 1,155.
Six organizations are approved to test and certify products: CCHIT, Drummond Group, InfoGard, ICSA Labs,
Surescripts, and SLI Global. CCHIT, among the first to be
approved, has certified the bulk of products to date: 58
percent of inpatient products and 44 percent of ambulatory ones. Drummond Group has approved the second
largest share: 29 percent of inpatient and 38 percent of
PERMANENT PROGRAM BEGINS 2012
A permanent certification program is scheduled to begin
January 1, 2012, if all the pieces are in place. The new program features a greater separation of powers in approving organizations to test and certify health IT products.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology will
accredit organizations to test products. Those organizations must use tools and procedures either approved or
developed by NIST. The American National Standards Institute will accredit organizations to certify EHRs. All certification bodies must apply to the Office of the National
Coordinator for Health IT.
Organizations currently approved under the temporary
program will not receive automatic approval for the permanent program. They must receive accreditation under
the new process.
Products certified under the temporary program, however, will remain certified under the permanent program.
They will require additional certification when new system standards and criteria are mandated under later stages of the meaningful use program. “Gap” certification will
allow previously certified products to be tested only on
new or revised criteria as they are established.
The Office of the National Coordinator maintains a list
of certified products at http://onc-chpl.force.com/ehrcert.
Source: Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. “Certified
Health IT Product List.” September 6, 2011. http://onc-chpl.force.com/
AMBULATORY VERSUS INPATIENT
Nearly two-thirds of products certified
are for ambulatory settings.
COMPLETE VERSUS MODULAR:
Nearly two-thirds of certified ambula-
tory products are complete systems.
COMPLETE VERSUS MODULAR:
The majority of certified inpatient
products are modular components.
Only one-quarter are complete