The American Health Information Management Association is concerned that tight timeframes pose a challenge for entities that wish to become testing and certification bodies under the proposed rule establishing electronic health records certification programs.

Consequently, the association urges the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology "to consider accepting CCHIT certification as the bridge to temporary certification to ease the transition, reduce confusion and expedite the establishment of the permanent certification process," according to a comment letter sent to federal officials.

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