Physicians Call for ONC to Change EHR Certification Process

An American Medical Association-led coalition of 35 medical societies has urged the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to reevaluate the current electronic health record certification process.

An American Medical Association-led coalition of 35 medical societies, stressing "elevated concern" about the certification of electronic health record (EHR) systems, has sent a letter to National Coordinator Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, urging the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to reevaluate its "current trajectory" and recommending changes to the certification process.

The letter identifies a myriad of problems with the current EHR certification process, including: the lack of necessary security measures to protect patient information; the lack of oversight on the authorized testing and certification bodies; concern that test methods are no guarantee that the systems will perform as expected in production; and fear that the administration is "pushing too quickly" for use of certified EHRs beyond the Meaningful Use program.

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Source: Fierce EMR