CCHIT: HIT at the Turning Point | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

CCHIT: HIT at the Turning Point

February 20, 2009
by root
| Reprints

The Chicago-based Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) has updated a roadmap for expansion of its certification activities while at the same time emphasizing the importance of flexibility and responsiveness as the impacts of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act emerge.

The nine new programs set to launch in 2010 and beyond will extend certification to new specialties, settings, and populations, while also opening the door to labeling that recognizes advanced capabilities in EHRs as users become ready to adopt them, it says.

“I believe this is the most important turning point in the history of health IT, and of our organization as well,” said Mark Leavitt, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Commission. “With about $20B in funding and incentives for EHRs, health information exchange and associated technologies — based on certification as a key qualification — we must be very flexible and responsive as Federal health IT initiatives emerge and grow.”

The Board of Commissioners voted to begin development of four programs — Clinical Research, Dermatology, Advanced Interoperability and Advanced Quality — in 2010. These programs are in addition to two areas previously scheduled for a 2010 launch, Behavioral Health and Long Term Care. Four other certification programs will kick off in 2011: Eye Care, Oncology, Advanced Security and Advanced Clinical Decision Support. Development of Obstetrics/Gynecology certification was placed on a schedule for possible launch in 2012. The final expansion roadmap and public comments are available at www.cchit.org/expansion. Volunteer work group recruitment for new and existing certification programs will run from March 23 to April 20.

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

Trump will Nominate Acting VA Secretary Wilkie for Permanent Position

Just a day after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Cerner inked their $10 billion EHR (electronic health record) deal, President Trump said he would be nominating Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie for the permanent position.

ONC Names API Server Showdown Stage 2 Winner

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has named 1UpHealth as the Stage 2 winner of the “Secure API Server Showdown” challenge.

EHNAC Developing Trusted Exchange Accreditation Program

To align with the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, a nonprofit standards development organization and accrediting body, is working with other organizations to establish a new Trusted Exchange Accreditation Program.

Lawmakers Demand New VA CIO, Citing “Malign Neglect” on EHR Project

A group of Democratic federal lawmakers, five senators and six members of Congress, are calling out the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for what they call “malign neglect” in the agency’s efforts to achieve electronic health record (EHR) modernization.

Medical Record Access Proves Costly for Some Patients, GAO Report Finds

Federal law requires healthcare providers to give patients access to their medical records, but according to a new GAO report, some patients believe they’re being charged too much to access their records.

Parkland’s Innovation Bridge Takes ‘Genius Bar’ Approach to Digital Health Apps

Taking inspiration from the Apple Genius Bar and Ochsner Health System’s O Bar, the Dallas-based Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation in collaboration with Parkland Health & Hospital System has opened an “Innovation Bridge” to assist patients with health-related apps.