This post was written by Jackie Penrod.

On June 24, 2010, HHS published a final rule to establish the temporary certification process for electronic health records (EHR) technology. The temporary certification rule defines the way in which a company can become an authorized certification and testing and certification body. The rule was finalized to provide assurance to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and CAHs that they will be able to adopt EHR technology to assist them in qualifying to receive ARRA incentive payments and allow designers of EHR technology to complete development of their products.