The Chicago-based Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) says it will launch a certification program for personal health records (PHRs) in mid-2009 that will emphasize privacy, security and information-sharing capabilities. The Commission has completed its first step in the process — the creation of draft criteria for testing PHRs. Beginning Sept. 29, criteria will be posted online and will be available for a 30-day public comment period.
The Commission is inviting consumers to participate in the process. A new Web site and blog dedicated to furthering the conversation about PHRs will launch on Sept. 29, and a consumer’s guide to certification of PHRs will also be available at the same location.
In addition, on Oct. 10, the Certification Commission will host a Town Call teleconference that will allow consumers and consumer representatives to gain a better understanding of PHR certification and how they can play a role in the process.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) received the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) annual Grace Award in recognition of its leadership in health information management.