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Standards and Certification

Health IT & the Recovery Act
Standards and Certification

Markle Advises:


  • Focus on clear policy goals
  • Allow for technology innovation
  • Enable broad participation

Health IT Certification Criteria and Standards

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the federal government defines health IT certification criteria and standards. Federal rules on health IT certification strongly influence which tools providers and hospitals select to participate in stimulus funding.

Publications & Briefs

The following publications and briefs comprise the Markle Connecting for Health collection of collaborative comments and recommendations regarding federal testing and certification programs for health IT.

Markle Connecting for Health Collaborative Comments on the Proposed Rulemaking for Stage 2 Meaningful Use

May 7, 2012
The release of two notices of proposed rulemaking on the incentive program for the Meaningful Use of electronic health record technology marks ...

Collaborative Comments on the Proposed Certification Programs for Health Information Technology

May 10, 2010

Comments emphasize that government-sanctioned testing and certification have important roles as well as limitations in achieving the objectives of the public investments in health IT.

Collaborative Comments on ONC's Interim Final Rule on EHR Technology

March 15, 2010

These collaborative comments propose modest but important modifications to the Interim Final Rule drafted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

The Right General Direction

March 15, 2010

More than 50 organizations submit public comments to the Department of Health and Human Services regarding interim final standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the health IT Incentives program.

Collaborative Statement on Proposed Regulations on Meaningful Use and Standards for the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program

January 26, 2010

The Markle Foundation, the Center for American Progress, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings and three dozen diverse leaders in the health sector send a letter commending federal agencies for their work drafting proposed health IT "meaningful use" regulations and standards.

Comments on the Office of the National Coordinator's Preliminary Definition of 'Meaningful Use'

June 26, 2009

Markle, the Center for American Progress, Brookings, and others respond to first draft of the 'meaningful use' definition issued by the HIT Policy Subcommittee of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Achieving the Health IT Objectives of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

April 30, 2009

Markle proposes a set of principles for getting health IT right under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Standards Within the Context of the Health IT Initiative

February 24, 2009

Carol Diamond, MD, MPH testifies before the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) Subcommittee on Standards.

Health IT Investments that Improve Health Care

January 13, 2009

This brief outlines critical attributes and expectations for health IT investments.