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Thanks in part to what it says is the recent unpredictability of the federal testing timeline, CCHIT will no longer offer EHR certifications through its role as an Office of the National Coordinator authorized certification body, or via its independently developed certification programs.

She added that, "returning to our independent work, we can convene thought leaders and advisory groups to provide policy and governance recommendations, and guidance to the healthcare community here and internationally. At the completion of this transition, a new menu of individualized services focused understanding ONC certification criteria and test methods, interoperability and clinical quality measures and meaningful use reporting will be added to help EHR developers.

The group will also develop new programs involving the participation of HIT thought leaders and multi-stakeholder advisory groups — including an alliance with HIMSS that will make use of its understanding of provider and vendor needs, domestically and internationally, to enhance CCHIT's new programs.

The work of CCHIT's board of Commissioners has concluded and will be replaced by multi-stakeholder advisory groups, which will be named later. The defense of healthcare information presents a number of unique challenges. Relying on compliance alone won't keep your organization's information safe.

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CCHIT Certification May Be History, but There Are Other Options for Evaluating EHRs

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology CCHIT was an independent, c 3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology. The Commission certified electronic health record technology from until The CCHIT Certified program is an independently developed certification that includes a rigorous inspection of an EHR's integrated functionality, interoperability and security using criteria developed by CCHIT's broadly representative, expert work groups. Department of Health and Human Services HHS to develop and evaluate the certification criteria and inspection process for EHRs and the networks through which they interoperate.


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By: Lisa Hedges on May 18, But since it ceased operations in , medical practices have had to seek out new resources to evaluate EHR systems. Fortunately, a number of independent bodies have formed to continue the job of assessing medical software. These organizations are designed to help practices figure out which EHRs meet their individual needs while also meeting the standards required by the U. Department of Health.

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