The HIT Policy Committee, a federal advisory board, has approved a number of recommendations for increasing oversight of the safety of electronic health records.

The recommendations come amid debate of whether the Food and Drug Administration should regulate EHRs. The committee on April 21 adopted recommendations from its Adoption-Certification workgroup that stop short of endorsing regulation but acknowledge the FDA has expertise that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology should tap into. "We recommend that the ONC work with the FDA and representatives of patient, clinician, vendor and health care organizations to determine the role that FDA should play to improve the safe use of Certified EHR Technology."

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