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.