The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has officially published a proposed rule establishing two certification programs--one temporary and the other permanent--to test and certify electronic health records.

Publication on March 9 in the Federal Register starts the clock for a 30-day public comment period for the temporary program ending on April 9 and a 60-day comment period on the permanent program ending on May 10. While the proposed rule describes two certification programs, ONC anticipates issuing separate final rules for each of the programs.

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