InfoGard Becomes An ONC- Authorized Certification Body.

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InfoGard Laboratories, Inc., a major provider of healthcare IT solutions, has been chosen by The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to be an ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB).

The San Luis-based company is offering a new option for Electronic Health Records (EHR) providers, they can have their products evaluated and certified to confirm that they are following the standers proposed earlier this year by the Department of Health and Human Services.

EHR and incentive payments.

EHR certification represents a stage of wider plans developed under the Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which is following the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The HITECH Act is offering incentive payments of up to $27 billion, such incentives are directed to individual physicians and other healthcare professionals who may be awarded up to $44,000, provided by Medicare, and up to $64,000 offered by Medicaid. In order to be eligible for the incentive payment program, healthcare providers are to choose and meaningfully use only certified EHR systems.

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