The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has named five firms as the electronic health records certification entities under the Stage 2 certification program, known as the 2014 Edition.

The firms are the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, Drummond Group, ICSA Laboratories, InfoGard Laboratories and Orion Register. All but Orion Register currently participate in the Stage 1 meaningful use program under a temporary certification program.

All five firms were earlier this summer accredited to apply to be a certifying body in Stage 2 under a convoluted program that ONC set up. ONC in 2011 named the American National Standards Institute as the ONC-Approved Accreditor for the permanent certification program. The ONC-Approved Accreditor, or ONC-AA, is the entity that accredits organizations wishing to be a certification body under the permanent certification program. The five firms that ANSI initially accredited now are the first five to be certifiers.

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