The federally supported Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology is calling on vendors of electronic health-record systems to help tweak its new or revised testing protocols and criteria by volunteering to participate in the 2008 pilot test program to be run March 17 through April 2.
CCHIT will use the pilot to obtain feedback on the testing process before the 2008 criteria are rolled out in the latest round of live product certification testing July 1.
The pilot will test criteria, tools and steps for EHRs used in ambulatory care as well as ambulatory EHRs with what has been called an "added endorsement" for use in providing child health services and ambulatory EHRs with a "specialized certification" for cardiovascular medicine. In addition, the pilot will cover CCHIT testing of elements of inpatient clinical IT systems, emergency department systems and so-called "enterprise" systems that incorporate ambulatory, inpatient and emergency room functionality and interoperability.
Vendor applications to join the pilot testing program are due Feb. 22. In addition, CCHIT will host what is becoming an annual town hall meeting at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society trade show at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla., Feb. 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., as well as a vendor briefing that day from 3 to 4 p.m.