CHIME: Certification Shouldn't Be a Burden | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

CHIME: Certification Shouldn't Be a Burden

March 16, 2010
by root
| Reprints

The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) filed comments with the Office of the National Coordinator on the Interim Final Rule regarding the initial set of standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria for EHR technology.

In its comments, CHIME stresses the importance of certification for supporting providers’ efforts to achieve meaningful use, saying it gives “healthcare providers a degree of assurance that the products they purchase will perform as promised,” adding that “certification is meant to support providers, not pose an additional burden.”

The organization places most of the responsibility on vendors that develop IT products, and is urging ONC to provide more lead time as it creates future certification criteria. CHIME is also asking for further clarification on ONC’s interim final rule, particularly in how certification will apply to organizations that use multiple clinical systems.

CHIME also wants ONC to support a single standard for patient summary records. For reporting quality data, CHIME advises against using the CMS Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) 2008 Registry XML Specification, and instead suggests the continued development of quality data reporting standards, which are in process by HL7.

CHIME seeks a standards-based approach for submitting data to public health agencies, and addresses the critical privacy and security issues, particularly in the areas of encryption and data verification. To view the organization’s comments on the IFR, please click here.



NewYork-Presbyterian, Walgreens Partner on Telemedicine Initiative

NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens are collaborating to bring expanded access to NewYork-Presbyterian’s healthcare through new telemedicine services, the two organizations announced this week.

ONC Releases Patient Demographic Data Quality Framework

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) developed a framework to help health systems, large practices, health information exchanges and payers to improve their patient demographic data quality.

AMIA, Pew Urge Congress to Ensure ONC has Funding to Implement Cures Provisions

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) have sent a letter to congressional appropriators urging them to ensure that ONC has adequate funding to implement certain 21st Century Cures Act provisions.

Former Michigan Governor to Serve as Chair of DRIVE Health

Former Michigan Governor John Engler will serve as chair of the DRIVE Health Initiative, a campaign aimed at accelerating the U.S. health system's transition to value-based care.

NJ Medical Group Launches Statewide HIE, OneHealth New Jersey

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched OneHealth New Jersey, a statewide health information exchange (HIE) that is now live.

Survey: 70% of Providers Using Off-Premises Computing for Some Applications

A survey conducted by KLAS Research found that 70 percent of healthcare organizations have moved at least some applications or IT infrastructure off-premises.