The Chicago-based Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) has published for public review updated drafts of its certification criteria and the first draft of its test scripts for the 09 certification year.
In order to continue to refine and improve the proposed criteria and test steps, the Certification Commission says it has opened a 31-day public comment period, closing Jan. 21, 2009. The criteria will be available online for review and comment beginning Dec. 22, 2008.
The criteria and test scripts are for ambulatory, child health, cardiovascular medicine, inpatient and emergency department EHRs, as well as for standalone electronic prescribing systems and PHRs.
Applications will be accepted beginning Jan. 6 for the second phase of the Certification Commission’s modular approach to certification of health information exchanges. This phase will test the ability to receive and send a lab result.