The ONC certification team, including Doug Fridsma, director of ONC's Office of Standards and Interoperability, discussed the efforts of the agency to approach a permanent EHR certification program at the HIMSS12 Conference Wednesday morning. Fridsma said that while his group focuses on advancing the way the country's health care system provides value, it still needs to "promote standards and interoperability, stimulate innovation and help providers take the tools they’ve been given and apply them to the care of patients."

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