Establishment of the Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology Final Rule, 45 CFR Part 170, 76 Fed. Reg.1262 (Jan. 7, 2011).
This final rule establishes a permanent certification program for the purpose of certifying health IT. This final rule is issued pursuant to the authority granted to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (the "National Coordinator") by section 3001(c)(5) of the PHSA, as added by the HITECH Act.
The permanent certification program will eventually replace the temporary certification program that was previously established by a final rule. The National Coordinator will use the permanent certification program to authorize qualified organizations to certify certain types of EHR technology, such as Complete EHRs and/or EHR Modules. The permanent certification program could also be expanded to include the certification of other types of health IT.