NEW YORK, May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently announced that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has been selected for a second three-year term as the ONC-Approved Accreditor (ONC-AA) for theONC Health Information Technology (HIT) Certification Program.
The ONC HIT Certification program, previously known as the Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology, was established in January 2011 and became fully operational in October 2012. The ONC-AA is responsible for accrediting all certification bodies involved in the program, which seeks to enhance the certification of health information technology by bolstering the transparency, reliability, and efficiency of processes used to certify electronic health record (EHR) technology. In this role, ANSI assesses applicant certification bodies against the requirements set forth in ISO/IEC Guide 65, General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems (New ISO/IEC 17065), which was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
"ANSI is very pleased to have been chosen once again as the ONC-Approved Accreditor under the HIT Certification Program," said S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO. "This selection followed a rigorous, competitive evaluation process, and it speaks to the first-rate quality of the Institute's accreditation programs. This is one of many instances where government bodies have chosen to rely on ANSI accreditation to demonstrate value and assure competency for important national priorities."
"Accreditation by ANSI creates a valuable attribute for certification bodies," said Reinaldo Figueiredo, ANSI senior program director for product and process accreditation. "This value extends through the service network and will help to instill confidence in EHR technology among health IT developers, health professionals and hospitals, and the general public."
ANSI's accreditation program successfully meets the requirements of ISO/IEC 17011, Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies, which represents the highest internationally accepted practices for accreditation bodies. The Institute's portfolio of accreditation services includes programs for all types of certification and verification bodies, including those for products, personnel, greenhouse gas emissions, as well as standards developers. For more information, visit www.ansi.org/accreditation.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is made up of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The Institute represents the diverse interests of more than 125,000 companies and organizations and 3.5 million professionals worldwide.
The Institute is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and is a U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).
ONC oversees government health IT efforts, and is a resource to the nation's health system to support the adoption of electronic health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. ONC is organizationally located within the Office of the Secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
ONC is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. ONC was created in 2004 through an Executive Order, and legislatively mandated by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) of 2009.
SOURCE American National Standards Institute