Chapter Review

Certification of healthcare IT is a simple concept with a complicated implementation when applied to the dynamic and exciting healthcare environment that we will be living in for years to come. As a basic mechanism for assuring an outside observer that a specified list of characteristics is present, early certification programs helped overcome one of the major barriers to EHR adoption among ambulatory clinicians—lack of information about what an EHR system should (and actually did) do. As the federal government moved forward with ARRA, the opportunity to stimulate the economy through support for widespread adoption of HIT that would be used in a measurable and meaningful way led to the development of federal certification programs ...

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