The federally supported, not-for-profit Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology has released for public comment four new add-on certifications for medical specialties to its basic certification criteria for ambulatory electronic health-record testing extensions as part of a broader release of its road map for future testing and certification. The comment period will run through Feb. 5. If approved, the new testing criteria will be added to the 2010 CCHIT testing and certification regime.
The four new sets of ambulatory EHR testing criteria are for systems with special functions for clinical research, dermatology, advanced interoperability and advanced quality, according to a CCHIT news release.
CCHIT will call for volunteers to serve on work groups to develop testing criteria for the clinical research and dermatology add-on certification programs while drawing on existing volunteers for the advanced interoperability and advanced quality work groups. In addition, previously announced testing programs for IT systems for behavioral health and long-term care will be initiated in 2010 as planned.
Its the right time to add more flexibility to our approach, so we can fine-tune our programs to meet everyones needs for health IT certification, said CCHIT Chairman Mark Leavitt, in the release. CCHIT also will look at new areas for certification and testing that might not be ready for inclusion on the 2010 road map. They are IT systems for eye care, oncology, obstetrics and gynecology, advanced security and advanced clinical-decision support.