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CCHIT Executive Director Alisa Ray believes that health IT developers are searching ONC 2014 Edition testing difficult because of a higher criteria bar and the complexity of testing, which has caused fewer certified EHRs available to providers for purchase or upgrade.
The CCHIT Certified[R] 2011 certification programs include a complete inspection of integrated EHR functionality, interoperability, and security according to criteria independently developed by the CCHIT's multi-stakeholder, expert work groups using CCHIT's published testing methods.
Our aim is to ensure that hospitals and doctors have enough time to purchase and implement certified EHRs and achieve meaningful use in time to qualify for HHS financial incentives in 2011 and 2012," CCHIT executive director Alisa Ray explained in announcing the second of two preliminary adjustments to its ARRA criteria in January 2010, when ONC published an interim final rule on certification criteria.
More information on CCHIT, CCHIT Certified[R] products and ONC-ATCB certified electronic health record technology is available at http://cchit.
Multiply that by 59 other RECs, all using different forms, different qualification questions, issuing RFQs around the same time and you realize what EHR developers (and other EP subcontractors) went through to qualify EHRs that already had CCHIT certification.
As a CCHIT Certified product, gloEMR has been tested and passed inspection of 100 percent of these new criteria.
CCHIT hopes that, just as it did in the EHR field, certification will create a floor of functionality, security, and interoperability, said Dr.
According to Leavitt, CCHIT has $200,000 available in a scholarship fund to help nonprofit HIEs with revenue of less than $6 million pay part of the certification fees.
According to Alisa Ray, CCHIT executive director, CCHIT chose ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon Enterprise Solutions, and an ONC-Authorized Certification body and Accredited HIT Test Laboratory, to support its customers because of the expertise of its staff and its processes.
ONC HIT certification conferred by CCHIT does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.
The CCHIT Enterprise Certification requires a vendor to demonstrate:
Overall, CCHIT has made considerable progress with vendors and providers because it has been clear for several years that federal funding would be tied to the use of certified systems.
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