Responding to stakeholder concerns, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on Tuesday released a proposed rule designed to enhance the safety, reliability, transparency and accountability of certified health IT.

According to ONC, the proposed rule seeks to modify the agency’s Health IT Certification Program to reflect the widespread adoption of certified electronic health records and the rapid pace of innovation in the marketplace. Specifically, the rule would establish processes for ONC to directly review health IT certified under the program and take action when necessary, including requiring the correction of “non-conformities” found in HIT certified under the program as well as suspending/terminating certifications issued to complete EHRs and HIT modules.

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