The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (say that 3 times fast!) or CCHIT just certified 4 acute-care EMRs, versus the 90-some ambulatory EMRs they've certified over the past few years. The 4 acute care winners are:Â
· 2 small-hospital systems: CPSI and HMS (out of Nashville, not the NYC managed care vendor of the same acronym)
· 2 large hosptial systems: Eclipsys and Epic
They also gave "conditional" certification to 2 others who need to yet verify they are operational in a live site:
· Siemens, whose Soarian has been on the market for 5 or more years (hard to believe they don't have a live site somewhere!?)
· PrognosisÂ Health Information Systems, ChartAccess 1.0Â (anyone ever hear of them?)
So now what? Will that make Meditech, McKesson, Cerner, et al, start flying their demo teams into Chicago daily to play catch-up? Especially McKesson, who is one of the funding sources for CHCIT...Â
Does CCHIT certification really mean a hill of beans to CIOs?Â I'd be more impressed if they published a list of those vendors who applied and failed.... would tell you who to avoid!