The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology Monday approved a second set of testing and certification criteria for electronic health-record systems used in ambulatory care.
The so-called 2007 criteria will be put into use with the second round of CCHIT testing after May 1.
Currently, more than 30 EHR vendor systems are undergoing testing under the 2006 criteria in the last of four rounds of testing with that initial set. So far, 57 systems have been certified under the 2006 criteria.
Copies of the final criteria, test scripts and other documents will be made available Friday on the CCHIT Web site, and a revised handbook and CCHIT contract will be posted later.
New criteria include requirements that systems must electronically send prescriptions and refills to pharmacies and receive laboratory results.
A teleconference on the 2007 criteria is scheduled for 11 a.m. EDT April 5. See cchit.org for details about the conference call.