Q: Aside from the self-verified Health Level 7 interface to laboratories (i.e., not verified by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology), how does CCHIT focus on interoperability between electronic medical records?
Brandon ChaseTraining/implementationMedtuityColumbus, Ohio
A: Delivering the benefits of interoperability is one of the major goals of CCHIT's certification efforts, but it will take a few incremental steps to get thereprimarily because standards gaps must be closed first. While the 2006 interoperability criteria were limited, the 2007 criteria, which take effect May 1, add new requirements for electronically transmitting prescriptions to pharmacies and receiving results from laboratories.
CCHIT's road map for 2008 brings even more: additional e-prescribing functions, receiving images, and exchanging documents, referrals and summaries between EHRs.
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