The Chicago-based Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has announced the Dec. 15 launch of a certification program for electronic health-record systems for hospitals that have either home-grown EHRs or systems developed with component parts that are not otherwise certified as compliant with requirements of the federal IT subsidy program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Systems tested and certified under the new program, dubbed the EHR Alternative Certification for Hospitals, or EACH, will be recognized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology as meeting certification criteria under the stimulus law and be on equal legal footing as commercial systems that have been tested and certified, according to CCHIT spokeswoman C. Sue Reber.
CCHIT will host a teleconference
about the program on Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. ET.