Although the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology had previously announced that it would not say how many electronic health-record vendors applied to get their products certified, CCHIT Chairman Mark Leavitt told members of the American Health Information Community in Washington yesterday that "more than two dozen" had done so.
Vendors have to pay $28,000 to run one of their products through CCHIT's 200-item test, and Leavitt said yesterday that he expects to announce the first batch of ambulatory EHRs to earn the CCHIT stamp of approval around July 10. The names of companies that tried to earn certification and failed are not expected to be released.
Leavitt also told the members of the HHS IT advisory panel that certification has the potential to be a powerful force in the marketplace. "This can change the fortunes of companies who do millions of dollars in business," he said.