Many industries offer individual or product certification. It is viewed as a "stamp of approval" upon a product, indicating that it has been tested for and met certain and specific criteria. Some certifications are optional but others can be made mandatory by governing agencies.
The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is part of the US Government Department of Health and Human Services. The department has outlined tests for Electronic Health Record products that qualify for "meaningful use." This initiative is to encourage the use of certified and approved Electronic Medical Record keeping in healthcare facilities throughout the country. Software meeting the certification measures comply with standards set for health information exchange and meaningful use. Certified software requires the use of RxNorm, LOINC, SNOMED and ICD-9 codes.
CorEMR tested for full Ambulatory certification, Stage 1 Meaningful Use during the month of November 2012. During the 3 day test, a certified examiner, evaluated the software compliance to the standard measures. Some were simple such as having BMI reported, others, like interoperability features were much more complex. CorEMR received official notification of ONC Stage 1 Meaningful Use certification on December 18th, 2012.