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InfoGard Laboratories is recognized as an ONC Authorized Certification Body and Accredited Testing Laboratory

Contact: Stephen Wilson

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September 12, 2012

InfoGard Laboratories is recognized as an ONC Authorized Certification Body and Accredited Testing Laboratory

InfoGard ONC-ACB:  InfoGard announced today that they have received approval from the Office of National Coordinator (ONC) as an ONC-Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) to certify EHR technology under the ONC Health Information Technology (HIT) Certification Program, formally referred to as the Permanent Certification Program (PCP).  InfoGard officially received authorization on August 28, 2012, being among the first authorized by the ONC.

InfoGard will begin certifying EHR technology against the permanent ONC HIT Certification Program on October 4th, 2012 when the Permanent Program officially begins.  The Temporary Certification Program (TCP) is scheduled to sunset on the same day. All EHR technologies under contract prior to October 4th, 2012 will have until April 4, 2013 to complete testing and certification under the TCP scheme. After such time, all EHR technology will be certified exclusively under the ONC HIT Certification Program.

InfoGard ONC-ATL:  On July 10, 2012 InfoGard was accredited by NVLAP (Lab Code 100432-0) under the HIT Laboratory Accreditation Program (LAP) to become an Accredited Testing Laboratory (ATL). The LAP was established to accredit laboratories that perform functional and conformance testing of electronic health record products to nationally-recognized meaningful use requirements for HIT products. 

As in the TCP, InfoGard will fulfill both roles of testing as an ATL accredited by NIST/NVLAP and certification as an ONC-ACB accredited by ANSI.  InfoGard EHR service offerings include testing and certification of Complete EHRs and/or EHR Modules.  Our customers include EHR software developers, covered entities and hospitals.

Final Rule Stage 2 Certification Criteria:  NIST is in the process of developing the 2014 Stage 2 test procedures and will begin releasing draft versions for comment.  The draft test procedures will be available for public comment for 2 weeks.  The final version of the approved test procedures is scheduled for release in December.

Important Dates:

  • July 10th, 2012: InfoGard was accredited by ANSI as a certification body to certify EHR technologies
  • July 10th, 2012: InfoGard was accredited by NVLAP as an ATL, qualified to test EHR technologies
  • August 28, 2012: InfoGard became an ONC-ACB under the permanent ONC HIT Certification Program
  • September-October 2012: NIST will release draft 2014 Stage 2 Certification Criterion Test Procedures for public comment. These test procedures will be released in waves/groups. The public comment period for each wave will be two weeks.
  • October 4, 2012: The permanent program is fully operational, and the temporary program sunsets.
  • Mid-December 2012: ONC plans to publish the 2014 Stage 2 Certification Criterion Test Procedures
  • January 2013: ATLs and ONC-ACB expect to test and certify against the 2014 Edition Certification Criterion Test Procedures

About InfoGard:  In addition to our EHR testing and certification, InfoGard also offers three security specific Health IT services.  InfoGard is the first certification body authorized by the Drug and Enforcement Agency (DEA) to certify applications that support the Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances (EPCS).  InfoGard is conducting security risk analysis services for practices and hospital settings to support end users applying for Meaningful Use incentives.  InfoGard offers HIPAA ePHI Breach Reporting Safe Harbor training and certification to eligible providers, and a complimentary offering for product manufacturers that are designed to store and/or transmit ePHI in a protected form.