The not-for-profit Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has announced the creation of two new work groups to develop certification criteria for electronic health-record systems to be used by practitioners specializing in oncology and in women's health.
Pawan Goyal, a physician and chief medical officer for Hewlett-Packard's federal healthcare division, and Peter Yu, a physician and director of cancer research at the Palo Alto (Calif.) Medical Foundation, were named co-chairs of the oncology work group.
Jan Kriebs, the director of midwifery and an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Michael McCoy, a physician and chief medical information officer at Catholic Health East, will serve as co-chairs of the 13-member women's-health work group.
Currently, CCHIT offers specialty EHR certification programs for cardiovascular medicine, child health and emergency medicine. It plans to begin taking vendor applications for certification of specialty EHRs in behavioral health, dermatology, and long-term and post-acute care on July 26. Final criteria, test scripts and certification materials for those will be posted at the CCHIT website.
A certification program for EHRs in clinical research should be launched this fall, according to CCHIT's news statement.