On Monday the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced that the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) and the Drummond Group Inc. are the first technology review bodies that have been authorized to test and certify electronic health record (EHR) systems for compliance with the standards and certification criteria that were issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services earlier this year. Announcement of these ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies (ONC-ATCBs) means that EHR vendors can now begin to have their products certified as meeting criteria to support meaningful use, a key step in the national initiative to encourage adoption and effective use of EHRs by America’s health care professionals and other providers. Applications for additional ONC-ATCBs are also under review. Learn more on the EHR Incentive Programs website.