A Health IT Policy Committee workgroup on May 8 recommended major changes to the electronic health records certification program, one day after getting stakeholder feedback during a contentious public hearing. 

Paul Tang, M.D., the HIT Policy Committee vice chair who led the Certification Hearing Workgroup, called the recommendations a "massive change" to the current certification program. One recommendation is to take a “holistic” and “end-to-end" approach to the process of certification, starting with meaningful use objectives through the definition of testing to auditing at the end of the process. The workgroup's second recommendation is to limit the "scope" of the HIT Certification Program to three areas: interoperability, clinical quality measures, and privacy and security.

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