Dr. David Blumenthal, national coordinator of health IT, revealed a proposal for certifying electronic health record systems as part of the health IT incentive plan. The proposal outlines a two-stage certification process, one that would allow health IT firms to apply for temporary accreditation for their EHR products in time for upcoming meaningful use deadlines for providers and another that would set up guidelines for an ongoing program to test and certify health IT, Blumenthal said.

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