By Mike Lillis
The group charged with certifying new health technologies under the administration's "meaningful use" guidelines announced its approval of 33 new products Friday.
The move by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) means that doctors and hospitals purchasing those products will be eligible for financial incentives designed to encourage their adoption of more efficient medical technologies.
In a statement, CCHIT Chairwoman Karen M. Bell said the certifications come "in time for the 2011-2012 incentives."
The HIT incentive program, included in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, was enacted in 2009 as part of the Democrats’ economic stimulus bill.
To govern adoption of those technologies, the Health and Human Services Department in July finalized its meaningful use rules, which are designed to ensure that healthcare providers don't just purchase new health technologies, but actually use them to benefit patients.
A list of the 33 products is available here.