Under the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT’s purview, authorized testing and certification bodies (ATCBs) did not fully ensure that test procedures and standards adequately secured and protected patient information contained in electronic health records.

That is the conclusion of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General. A just-released OIG review finds that ONC did not ensure ATCBs developed procedures to periodically evaluate whether certified EHRs met federal standards, nor did ONC ensure ATCBs developed a training program to ensure that their personnel were competent to test and certify EHRs and to secure proprietary or sensitive patient information.

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