The Telecommunications Industry Association and American Medical Association are the latest groups to join a growing chorus of stakeholders opposed to ONC's proposed voluntary 2015 Edition of EHR technology certification criteria. In a letter to National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., TIA stated that while it generally supports the easing of certification by the issuance of voluntary criteria, the organization is concerned that the proposed rule for more frequent certification cycles could cause confusion and have unintended consequences.

The 2015 Edition represents a new approach for ONC which intends to update EHR certification criteria editions every 12 to 18 months in order to provide smaller, more incremental regulatory changes and policy proposals. But TIA, a trade association representing nearly 400 information and communications technology manufacturers and vendors, is not supportive of the proposed frequency of these updates.

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