The US government announced that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) included $19bn under the portion of its HITECH Act to promote the adoption of electronic health record (EHR) technology in healthcare.

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), has awarded certification accreditation to two organizations, The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) and Drummond Group.

AHS CEO and president Greg Winterkamp said that it has been a long process of waiting for the ONC to determine what organizations would be put in charge of EHR accreditation and thus AHS made the decision to move forward immediately with Drummond Group, on the 1st allowable sign up date so their thousands of clients could be eligible for up $44,000 stimulus money.

“In fact with our ePrescribing partner, WritePad will accomplish ARRA certification from both Drummond and CCHIT!,” Winterkamp said.