Last week the ONC announces its final rule for the temporary certification program.  Thursday, Just 1st ,  the ONC will launch this certification program.

This means that this program will become available for non-for-profit organizations to apply to become authorized testers and certifiers of electronic health records.   The Certification Commission for Health IT (CCHIT) will be one of the first organizations to apply.

It is expected that the testing and certifying of the EHRs will begin end of summer, beginning of fall.

The reason for this temporary certification is so providers will be able to qualify for meaningful use in 2011 and is to expire at the end of the year.  Beginning January 1, 2011 the permanent certification will begin.