The Chicago-based Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) has selected 265 members for its 19 all-volunteer work groups.
According to CCHIT, these new and returning volunteers will take on the challenge of rapidly transitioning the Commission’s existing certification programs and developing new paths to certification in order to directly satisfy the objectives and measures of meaningful use, to be released soon by the Washington-based Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and its Advisory Committees.
The volunteers were selected from a pool of more than 600 applicants and The Commission says its requirement to maintain a fair stakeholder balance also limited the number of openings for applicants from any particular sector. To achieve an even higher level of accountability and transparency under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Commission limited health IT vendor participation on work groups to 33 percent, and counted applicants who receive any compensation from a vendor or hold a significant amount of vendor stock as falling within that category.
Work group members will meet for the first time on July 15 and 16 in Chicago. The roster of newly selected work group members is published at www.cchit.org.