Chicago-headquartered Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) says it will accelerate the development of advanced technology certification programs — encompassing Clinical Decision Support, Interoperability, Quality and Security — in order to complete them all in the upcoming 2009-2010 development cycle. Previously, advanced clinical decision support and security were on the Commission’s roadmap but would not have been completed until 2011.
“We see evidence that the health IT programs under the Recovery Act will be implemented according to the ambitious schedules in the legislation,” says Mark Leavitt, M.D., Ph.D., Commission chair. “For CCHIT to ensure that a robust selection of certification options will be available when the HIT Policy and Standards Committees make their decisions later this year, our own schedule must be equally ambitious. That’s why we have decided to develop all four of these advanced certification options at once.”