CCHIT starts certifying hospital EHRs

November 23, 2007

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology has begun certifying inpatient EHRs.

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) has begun certifying inpatient EHRs. Among those that received full certification are EHRs sold by Computer Programs and Systems, Eclipsys, Epic Systems, and Healthcare Management Systems. EHRs from Prognosis Health Information Systems and Siemens Medical Solutions received provisional certification. They'll be fully certified after these products are used successfully in hospitals.

CCHIT has certified more than 90 ambulatory EHRs, including 10 under its 2007 criteria.

Meanwhile, the HIMSS Electronic Health Records Vendors Association (EHRVA) has put out a "quick start" guide to help its members integrate the Continuity of Care Document (CCD) into their EHRs. Supported by three-quarters of EHRVA member companies, the CCD is a standard that allows the exchange of key information between different systems. EHRVA expects that CCHIT will include the CCD in its 2008 certification criteria, which will be announced soon.