Six health IT vendors have been randomly selected to participate in the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology's program to pilot test its electronic health-record certification process. Feedback from the test will be used to develop CCHIT's final certification criteria, which are scheduled to be released at the end of February. Actual certification of EHR products' functionality, interoperability, security and reliability is set to begin in March.
The organization, which in September 2005 was awarded a $7.5 million, three-year contract with HHS to develop an EHR-certification process, chose the six participants out of a field of 30 applicants in three market segments: enterprise vendors offering EHRs for ambulatory and hospital settings; midrange vendors that sell to practices of 10 or more doctors; and vendors serving practices with fewer than five physicians.
Although CCHIT has chosen not to release the names of the vendors, they have been given permission to announce their participation. The test will be funded in part by a $219,000 grant from the California HealthCare Foundation.
To read more about CCHIT's certification process, visit: http://www.cchit.org/final_criteria.htm.