Electronic health records systems certified under the temporary certification program that the federal government will develop this year should have those certifications carry forward into the permanent certification program being established by 2012, according to the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based association of CIOs and other I.T. leaders, in a comment letter on the interim final rule to establish certification programs, believes carrying forward the certifications provides "important protections to those vendors and providers that have installed applications under the temporary process."

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