The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has begun its program to approve organizations that want to certify electronic health records for meaningful use.
The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT named ANSI earlier this year as the sole authorized accreditor of certifying bodies for the permanent certification program
Applications can be submitted beginning October 7th, 2011. Accreditations, the first of which are expected in 2012, will be granted based on the assessment of certification body competence in accordance with ONC and ANSI requirements, including demonstrated compliance with:
- ISO/IEC Guide 65 – General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems
- IAF Guidance on the application of ISO/IEC Guide 65
- ANSI Policy – PL – 102 – Manual of Operations for Accreditation of Product Certification Programs
- 45 CFR Part 170 – Health Information Technology Standards Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria and Certification Programs for Health Information Technology
“ANSI is pleased to confirm this new scope of accreditation and call for applications from bodies that certify HIT products for electronic health records,” said Lane Hallenbeck, ANSI vice president for accreditation services. “We appreciate and respect the ONC’s trust in the value and integrity of ANSI accreditation, and are committed to build on the record of confidence established via public-private partnerships with many other government agencies relying on ANSI accreditation.”
More information on the accreditation process can be found here.