ANSI Named ONC Approved Accreditor

The Office of the National Coordinator has named the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) the ONC Approved Accreditor for the meaningful use program.

The ONC-AA will be responsible for accrediting organizations to become certifiers of electronic health record technology used in the meaningful use EHR incentive program. These certifications will test whether EHR products can be used to meet program measures.

Approval of the ONC-AA is an initial step in the implementation of the permanent certification program, which is set to replace the current temporary certification program in 2012.

ANSI oversees the creation, regulation, and use of thousands of standards and guidelines that are used in various business sectors, from acoustical devices to construction equipment to dairy and livestock production, according to its Web site. ANSI is also actively engaged in accrediting programs that assess conformance to standards. This will be its main role as the ONC-AA.

ONC accepted applications for the role this past winter. The approved accreditor will be selected every three years through a competitive process.

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