Press Release

Statement on ONC Health IT Certification Program


Ashley Thompson

Senior Vice President

Public Policy Analysis and Development

American Hospital Association


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) took an important step to strengthen its oversight of certified health IT products. We applaud ONC’s commitment to provide greater transparency on the results of surveillance done by certification bodies and the agency itself. That information will be useful to providers as they evaluate and select products. We also agree that coordination across agencies to avoid provider penalties when an EHR is decertified is a necessary step. The AHA is committed to working with ONC on its process for educating and providing notice to the provider community during investigations of how specific EHRs or other health IT products work in individual hospitals and physician offices.


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