In response to reader commentary:
Dr. Hayward Zwerlings claims attempt to disparage the work of hundreds of volunteers who have contributed to the mission of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology.
Here are facts to refute his misinformed statements:
His claim that CCHIT will force small electronic health-record companies out of business is contradicted by the facts. More than two-thirds of certified ambulatory-EHR vendors are small businesses with less than $10 million in annual revenue, and about 25% are very small companies with less than $1 million in annual revenue. Dozens and dozens of Dr. Zwerlings competitors, many of whom are small companies offering low-priced EHRs, have successfully attained certification.
Second, his claim that our board of directors is dominated by members with a financial interest in the health IT industry is also contrary to the facts. The member lists for our board of trustees and commissioners have always been posted on our Web site. See for yourself and you will find a diverse and well-balanced mix of stakeholders; health IT industry executives represent only a small minority of each board.
I will leave judgment of his conspiracy theory about "coercing doctors" and creating a "huge repository of all U.S. healthcare interactions" to the reader.
CCHIT, a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization with a public mission, has worked diligently to create an open, transparent collaboration among all healthcare and health IT stakeholders. Hundreds of volunteers have given countless hours in service to its mission. As a fellow physician, I hope Dr. Zwerling will think about his oath to first, do no harm and learn the facts before making false claims that threaten the constructive, dedicated work of so many individuals.
Mark Leavitt, M.D., Ph.D.ChairmanCertification Commission for Healthcare Information TechnologyChicago