Federal officials should finalize new electronic health records certification criteria at least two years before providers are expected to use the new functionality, according to the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

CHIME on March 15 sent a comment letter to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on the interim final rule that establishes an initial set of data standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria for electronic health records. This rule was published in January and is separate from a proposed rule published in March that would establish EHR certification programs.

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