“The Health IT Policy Committee’s certification workgroup is considering whether working with the Food and Drug Administration to craft a certification program for electronic health record systems would improve patient safety.
On one side are those who argue that the FDA could add significant value in crafting a program. “We could collaborate on certification criteria that improves patient safety,” says Paul Egerman, healthcare software entrepreneur and co-chair of the certification and adoption workgroup. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the FDA could use the agency’s Quality Systems Regulation as a point of reference to see what parts might work well for EHR systems, Egerman said.”
Anthony Guerra, InformationWeek Healthcare, 1 April 2010