Thursday, March 4, 2010


Certification NPRM: A Statement from Alisa Ray, Executive Director, Certification Commission for Health Information Technology
Posted: 03 Mar 2010 08:01 AM PST
Having reviewed the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding certifying bodies, we feel confident about our prospects of becoming accredited. Today’s release of the Certification NPRM is an important step that will reduce the uncertainty that the health care community has experienced while awaiting this additional information.
CCHIT has four years of experience testing and certifying EHRs, and promptly adapting our testing to the latest Federal standards. We have also been benchmarking our operations against best practices for certifying bodies, including the ISO/IEC accreditation standards, and we are well prepared. We plan to have file an application with ONC as soon as they are ready to accept them.
We feel confident about the future, and we look forward to the opportunity to continue playing a role in accelerating the adoption of health IT.

February 17, 2010
IFR Stage 1 Certification Programs Open
The Certification Commission has opened its CCHIT Certified® Comprehensive IFR Stage 1 certification program and its more limited Modular IFR Stage 1 certification program, both formerly entitled "2011" programs, to align with the Interim Final Rule (IFR) issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on January 13, 2010, effective February 12, 2010. The updated Criteria, Test Scripts, Handbooks, Agreements and other supportive documents are available now and applications are open for the following programs:

CCHIT Certified® Comprehensive

Ambulatory EHR IFR Stage 1:
Inpatient EHR IFR Stage 1:
Emergency Department EHR IFR Stage 1:
ePrescribing IFR Stage 1:

Modular EHR technology

Eligible Providers IFR Stage 1:
Hospitals IFR Stage 1:

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