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EHR Certifying Bodies Announced

The Office of the National Coordinator for Information Technology (ONCHIT) has announced the first two companies that have been authorized to test and certify EHR (electronic health records) systems, according to a report by the American Academy of Family Practice.

CCHIT (The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology), one of the entities, is no big surprise to anyone who has been following this topic. The other entity, the Drummond Group Inc., may be less familiar to many. The Austin, Texas, based firm says it has been “working diligently for many months to meet the stringent criteria set forth by the ONC[HIT] to become certified as an ATCB (authorized testing and certification body).”

For those critics who complained that CCHIT was going to monopolize the certification process, this may come as welcome news. But there are still some small EMR vendors who fear they will be locked out of the market.

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