Wanted: Accreditor for Meaningful Use Certification Program

The application process has begun for organizations seeking to manage the meaningful use permanent certification program. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has requested applications for the role of “approved accreditor.”

Under the permanent program, one organization acting as the approved accreditor (or ONC-AA) will approve other organizations to certify health IT products. The approved accreditor will be selected every three years through a competitive process.

ONC published a final rule establishing the permanent program on January 7, which is scheduled to begin January 1, 2012. It will replace the current temporary program and feature a greater division of roles in approving organizations to test and certify health IT products.

There is no formal application form for the approved accreditor function. Instead, applicants will demonstrate their ability by providing information on five items ONC lists in the notice. These include a detailed description of the organization’s conformance to ISO/IEC17011:2004, a detailed description of its accreditation requirements, and information on the key personnel who review organizations for accreditation.

The application period closes March 10.

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