Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, March 29, 2010 As Congress left the Capitol for a two-week holiday over the weekend, the American Medical Association took the occasion to blast lawmakers for the “unconscionable” action of not acting on the “doc fix”—slated to expire on April 1. Earlier this month, the Senate voted to delay the [...]
Today the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) outlining the proposed approach for establishing a certification program to test and certify electronic health records (EHRs). The HITECH Act mandates the development of a certification program which will give purchasers and users of EHR technology assurances that the technology and products have the necessary functionality and security to help meet meaningful use criteria. While we are making significant strides toward modernizing our health care system, these efforts will only succeed if providers and patients are confident that their health information systems are safe and functional.