Rather than creating a barrier for smaller electronic health records vendors, certification is creating a level playing field, Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology Chairman Mark Leavitt told the American Health Information Community HHS advisory panel. His comments came during a Tuesday meeting held jointly via computer hookup between the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., and Washington.
Leavitt said that a frequently heard concern was that the CCHIT certification testwhich carries a $28,000 feemay favor large companies, so a survey of certified ambulatory EHR vendors was conducted in February. Thirty of the vendors responded, and it was found that 56% had revenue between $1 million and $10 million, 27% had annual revenue of more than $10 million, and 17% had annual revenue of less than $1 million.
So rather than catering to large companies, it was noted that certification was allowing a wide variety of companies to compete.
Leavitt added that certification criteria are a floor on which individual vendors can build innovations on top of, and he noted that many vendors are enhancing security functions beyond the 40 privacy-related criteria listed in the CCHIT certification test.
"I do believe we're raising the bar," Leavitt said.