The proposed program to certify EHR technology will create challenges for the government in ensuring there is sufficient capacity to handle demand early on while achieving consistent results from the various organizations that will be certifying systems, according to a statement issued by the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).
In its comments, which were made in response to a Notice of Proposed Rule-Making issued by the Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare IT, CHIME said the effort is important for fostering the use of EHRs, and the government should focus adequate attention and resources to ensure the success of the program.
In responding to whether certification should expand to other technologies, CHIME noted that the priority must be on the EHR certification program. The organization also calls for careful design of any surveillance program that aims to assess the performance of certified products in actual care settings.
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