CCHIT Ends Testing and Certification of EHRs
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), an industry certification laboratory, announced it will cease testing and certifying electronic health records (EHRs) after it completes looking at approximately 70 systems, this Spring.
The oldest and best known of six EHR-certifying agencies recognized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), CCHIT has tested and certified half of the health IT systems on the official Certified Health IT Product List.
However, the pace of EHR integration, driven by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is slowing; and, while testing of systems for 2014 rules have been brisk, the CCHIT board found that being a testing and certification body under federal rules limited what the organization can do. Delays to subsequent Meaningful Use implementations did not help. “It just doesn’t fit with our mission anymore,” Modern Healthcare quoted Executive Director Alisa Ray.
The organization intends to re-affiliate with the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), will keep its name, and will place four HIMSS board members on its board.