The Chicago-based Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) is launching two programs on Wednesday, Oct. 7: CCHIT Certified 2011, an updated EHR certification program, and Preliminary ARRA 2011, a modular certification focused on the standards for qualifying EHR technology under ARRA.
The Commission’s certification materials, including criteria, test scripts and certification policies for both programs will be published at http://cchit.org on Sept. 24. Applications for certification will open online on Oct. 7.
CCHIT is also offering a workshop in the Chicago area on Thursday, Oct. 1 to help prepare HIT companies and developers to make their 2011 certified EHR technology available earlier to providers. The workshop, Get Certified 2011, is designed to orient companies and developers to the new certification process and to use program tools effectively. For more information, visit http://www.cchit.org/education/GetCertifiedFor2011.
Grand Prairie, Texas-based Rainbow Children's Clinic was the victim of a ransomware attack on its IT systems in August, affecting more than 33,000 patients, according to multiple news media reports this week.