The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology may have overstepped its statutory authority provided under the HITECH Act, and in the process encroached on the regulatory functions of other federal agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration.

That’s the contention of Health IT Now, a coalition of providers, patient advocates, consumers and payers. In particular, the group is concerned about a final rule released by ONC last October that codified modifications and new requirements under the agency’s Health IT Certification Program designed to protect public health and safety as well strengthen the accountability and transparency of certified HIT.

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