The American National Standards Institute is accepting applications through Oct. 7, 2011, from organizations seeking to be accredited to certify meaningful use of electronic health records under the permanent certification program that starts in 2012.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in June selected ANSI as the ONC-Approved Accreditor under the permanent program. ANSI will serve a three-year term and can be reselected following another competitive selection process.

Once an entity is accredited by the ONC-AA, it then can apply to ONC to become an ONC-Authorized Certification Body, or ONC-ACB. The Office of the National Coordinator anticipates the permanent program will have around six ONC-ACBs.

Certification bodies operating under the temporary program must go through the same processes as other entities to become a certifier under the permanent program. Selected ONC-ACBs must renew their status every three years. To receive an application from ANSI, contact Reinaldo Figueiredo (rfigueir@ansi.org; 202-331-3611) or Nikki Jackson (njackson@ansi.org; 202-331-3623).

 

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