Drummond will seek to become certifying EHR body

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Drummond Group will seek to become a certifying body upon the release of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) requirements for certifying bodies for EHRs.

The Austin, Texas-based firm said that the certification of EHR is a natural extension of its testing program, citing the experience gained from certifying the transfer, identity and cyber security of various organizations' internet information flow.

ONC is currently working on the scope and definition of meaningful use for EHRs, which is expected to be finalized in early 2010. Along with these new policies on meaningful use of EHRs, ONC has announced plans to expand the number of EHR certification agencies to support the new initiative. Currently, the only approved EHR certification agency is the private non-profit Certification Commission for Healthcare IT (CCHIT) organization.