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ONC HIT Certification Program
The ONC Health Information Technology (HIT) Certification Program is the second part of ONC's two-part approach to establish a transparent and objective certification process, following the Temporary Certification Program (TCP).
The TCP was established to ensure that Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) be available for adoption by health care providers who sought to qualify for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR incentive payments beginning in 2011.
In the ONC HIT Certification Program, certification and testing activities are performed by separate entities. Certification is conducted by ONC-Authorized Certification Bodies (ONC-ACBs) and testing is performed by Accredited Testing Laboratories (ATLs). Developers and Vendors first test their product with an ATL, and if their product meets the requirements, they work with an ONC-ACB to certify the product. Once the product is certified, it is submitted to ONC, who posts approved products to the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL).
It is possible for a single organization to serve as both an ONC-ACB and an ATL, as long as a firewall is established between testing and certification activities.
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