ONC Names Third Certification Organization

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has approved a new organization to test and certify EHR products for use in the federal meaningful use incentive program. InfoGard Laboratories in San Luis Obispo, CA, becomes the third ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB).

InfoGard is an independent IT security laboratory that provides accredited IT security assurance services and focuses on product and system evaluations and validations, according to its Web site.

On August 30 ONC named the first two ATCBs—the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) and the Drummond Group. Additional applications are under review. ONC first began accepting applications last month.

Providers and hospitals that participate in the voluntary meaningful use program are required to use EHR systems or modules that meet ONC-approved standards and certification criteria.

ONC offers information on the certification program on its Web site.

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