CCHIT to Reopen Applications and Testing | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

CCHIT to Reopen Applications and Testing

March 23, 2010
by root
| Reprints

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT, Chicago) says it will adjust its certification programs for EHRs and reopen applications and testing on April 7.

With the re-launch, the organization will complete a separation of its CCHIT Certified program from its Preliminary ARRA program, launched in October 2009 in anticipation of the need for a modular testing and certification service that would become accredited by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The Commission says it will update its Web site to offer clarity about the objectives and status of both programs, especially regarding their relationship to the government accreditation process, and will prepare for a prompt conversion of the Preliminary ARRA program into an ONC-accredited ARRA testing and certification program.

Starting April 7, the Commission will once more accept applications, continue its testing and issue two types of EHR certifications, it says. A product may receive one or both of these certifications:

  • CCHIT Certified, an independently developed certification that includes an inspection of an EHR’s integrated functionality, interoperability and security. Products that are CCHIT Certified are tested against criteria developed by the Commission’s work groups.
  • Preliminary ARRA, a certification program that tests Complete EHRs or EHR Modules against the Meaningful Use Stage 1 certification criteria in the Interim Final Rule (IFR) issued by HHS/ONC in January. The Preliminary ARRA program is designed to demonstrate that a vendor’s product is well prepared to be certified once ONC-accredited testing and certification becomes available, but the final criteria and test procedures are not yet available, nor has CCHIT been accredited yet by ONC. When those events occur, CCHIT will replace the Preliminary ARRA program with a final, ONC-accredited ARRA certification program.

Program materials, including revised program policies, applications, criteria, test scripts and other guidance will be available at

www.cchit.org/get_certified beginning on April 7.

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

Geisinger National Precision Health Hires Illumina Exec to Lead Business Development

Integrated health system Geisinger has hired a high-profile genetic counselor to head up business development for Geisinger National Precision Health, which was created to extend the Geisinger model on the national scene.

$30M VC Fund Launched to Spur Innovation in Cardiovascular Care

The American Heart Association, together with Philips and UPMC, has announced the launch of Cardeation Capital, a $30 million collaborative venture capital fund designed to spur healthcare innovation in heart disease and stroke care.

Epic Wins Labor Dispute in Closely Divided Supreme Court Decision

Epic Systems Corporation won a major labor-law ruling in the Supreme Court on Monday, centering around the extent of corporations’ right to force employees to sign arbitration agreements, and with a 5-4 ruling in its favor

Survey: Two-Thirds of Physician Practices Seeking Out Value-Based Care Consulting Firms

Most physician organizations are not prepared for the move to value-based care, and 95 percent CIOs of group practices and large clinics state they do not have the information technology or staff in-house needed to transform value-based care end-to-end, according to a recent Black Book Market Research.

Cumberland Consulting Buys LinkEHR, Provider of Epic Help Desk Services

Cumberland Consulting Group, a healthcare consulting and services firm, has acquired LinkEHR, which provides remote application support, including Epic help desk services.

Population Health Tool that Provides City-Level Data Expands to 500 Cities

A data visualization tool that helps city officials understand the health status of their population, called the City Health Dashboard, has now expanded to 500 of the largest cities in the U.S., enabling local leaders to identify and take action around the most pressing health needs in their cities and communities.