September 20, 2010, San Luis Obispo, California. InfoGard Laboratories, the nation’s first accredited IT security testing laboratory, is approved by the Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT as an ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) for the certification of Complete EHRs and EHR Modules for both ambulatory and inpatient settings. Eligible professionals and hospitals may collect incentive payments through meaningful use of EHR technology capable of meeting the criteria to support meaningful use under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Continue reading: InfoGard Laboratories Approved to Certify EHR
Dr. David Blumenthal did an interview with John Gilroy of SolutionsDevelopers for Federal Tech Talk Radio. The interview provides a great overview of how Dr. Blumenthal rose to his position of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology with a background of medicine, health policy, and research. As someone who comes from the primary care provider’s point of view, he understands the reluctance of physicians to move to an EHR, but conveys that it’s the ONC’s job to convince physicians and hospitals that EHRs are the way of the not so distant future and it’s a worthwhile endeavor. While EHR adoption does have its challenges, Dr. Blumenthal explains that it’s worth the start-up costs and initial workflow disruption. In fact, he states that in a 2008 survey of physicians, 17% had adopted EHRs, and of this 17%, 90% were satisfied with their EHR system.