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CCHIT to open EHR comments, preps for lab testing

By Joseph Conn
Posted: December 18, 2008 - 12:01 am ET

A 31-day public-comment period opens Monday for testing criteria and test scripts for the 2009 round of certification testing of electronic health records and other information technology systems, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology announced.

The testing materials up for public inspection and review are for EHRs for ambulatory care with modules for child health and cardiovascular medicine as well as hospital emergency departments and inpatient care. The criteria and scripts for stand-alone electronic-prescribing systems and personal health records are also being made subject to public comment. Copies of the new criteria and test scripts will be posted beginning Monday.

CCHIT also announced it will begin accepting applications on Jan. 6, 2009, for testing the sending and receiving of laboratory results, the second phase of testing toward certification of health information exchange organizations. A first phase of HIE organization testing on security issues began this October. HIE organization transactions involving lab report documents and patient summaries are scheduled to be tested in April 2009, according to CCHIT. Applications for HIE testing and additional information are also available online.

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