News | June 22, 2008

Certification Commission Publishes Criteria for Inpatient, Emergency Department EHRs

June 23, 2008 - The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology last week published its final criteria for certification of inpatient (hospital-based) and emergency department electronic health record (EHR) products, as well as a special enterprise EHR certification for vendors that provide comprehensive ambulatory, inpatient, and emergency department EHRs that are interoperable.

The first round of applications for certification under these new 2008 criteria will be accepted Aug. 1-14, with certified products expected to be announced in November. The final certification criteria, test scripts and associated program policy documents are published on the commission's Web site, www.cchit.org.

A town call teleconference for vendors interested in certification, especially those offering emergency department EHRs or seeking enterprise certification, is scheduled for Thursday, July 10 to introduce these new programs. Time and details of the teleconference will be available at www.cchit.org.

The publication of these materials wraps up the commission’s development work on EHR certification for the CCHIT Certified 2008 program. The commission published the final ambulatory, child health and cardiovascular medicine criteria on May 20, and will be accepting certification applications in those domains from July 1-14.
“We believe 08 certification adds value for all stakeholders as well as embracing new domains of care,” said Mark Leavitt, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the commission. “Ambulatory and inpatient EHRs must now be able to send and receive clinical summaries in the CCD format - making basic elements of health records, such as medications and allergies, interoperable and portable for the first time. And with new health IT adoption incentive programs - such as the CMS EHR Demonstration Project - now being launched, vendors serious about the EHR market will want to attain 08 certification.”

The commission also announced the participants in the 2008 pilot tests. The pilot tests were designed to validate new or revised criteria, test steps, and testing tools against real products and to solicit vendor comment to fine tune the inspection process. The following companies qualified and participated:
- Cerner Corp.
- EDIMS LLC
- Emergisoft Corp.
- Epic Systems Corp.
- Greenway Medical Technologies
- NextGen Healthcare Information Systems Inc.
- Wellsoft Corp.

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) is an independent, nonprofit organization that has been recognized by the federal government as an official certification body for electronic health record products. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption of health information technology by creating a credible, sustainable product certification program. The certification requirements are based on widely accepted industry standards and involve the work of hundreds of expert volunteers and input from a variety of stakeholders throughout the health care industry.

For more information: www.cchit.org

Related Content

electronic medical records
News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | June 15, 2017
During the first quarter of 2017, Black Book surveyed 140 chief information officers (CIOs), 159 chief financial...
News | PACS Accessories | April 25, 2017
April 25, 2017 — ImageMoverMD announced the availability of ImageMover Media, a universal, web-based solution to...
ECRI Institute, top 10 patient safety concerns, 2017 report, information technology, healthcare
News | Information Technology | March 24, 2017
Safe implementation of new technologies and therapies accompany classic patient safety challenges on ECRI Institute's “...
Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, Epic service desk, HIMSS17
News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | March 06, 2017
March 6, 2017 — Logicalis Healthcare Solutions announced in February a new service desk offering – Service Desk for E
HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey, HIMSS17, electronic medical records, EMR, health information technology
News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | February 21, 2017
A new study from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), unveiled at the 2017 HIMSS...
Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, top five cybersecurity issues, CIOs, chief information officers, HIMSS17
News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | February 10, 2017
With the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s annual meeting (HIMSS17) scheduled for Feb. 19-23 in...
Logicalis US, healthcare CIOs, enterprise imaging, value-based care, new white paper, seven tips
News | Enterprise Imaging | January 20, 2017
To help healthcare chief information officers (CIOs) examine the important role enterprise imaging plays in value-based...
AMA, American Medical Association study, EMRs, electronic medical records, physician burnout
News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | September 07, 2016
Technological and administrative obstacles are significantly cutting into available time for physicians to engage with...
EMR
Feature | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | September 07, 2016 | By Erin Martin
From streamlining your workflow to maximizing your return on investment (ROI), there are numerous benefits to having...
HIE, health information exchanges, participation strategy, Binghamton University
News | Information Technology | August 18, 2016
The U.S. healthcare industry has failed to create and sustain an efficient network for storing and sharing patient...
Overlay Init