The National Coordinator for HIT, David Blumenthal, M.D., announced today the release of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on certification programs for HIT. The NPRM proposes a temporary and permanent certification program. The temporary program will ensure that health care providers can obtain Certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) Technology prior to the start of the incentive programs that begin in 2011. Comments on the temporary program will be due 30 days after publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register and comments on the permanent program will be due 60 days after publication.