The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is seeking applicant organizations to be the next ONC-Approved Accreditor (ONC-AA), which vets other companies that want to certify electronic health records products under the meaningful use program.

The American National Standards Institute is the incumbent ONC-AA and its three-year contract soon will expire. ANSI accredited five firms that wished to be a certification body in the first two stages of meaningful use and ONC then selected all five. Orion Register soon dropped out, but the other four certifiers--CCHIT, Drummond Group, ICSA Laboratories and InfoGard--remain.

Now, ONC has published a notice to announce it will accept submissions from candidates wishing to be considered for the ONC-AA position from January 16 to February 18, 2014. The notice includes five specific requirements that candidates must meet to demonstrate the ability to serve. More information is available here.

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