The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has launched several new certification programs under its "CCHIT Certified" brand that aim to go beyond federal minimum requirements and meet longer-term goals for use of electronic health records with integrated functionality, interoperability and security.
Although CCHIT has applied to be an authorized testing and certification body as determined by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, vendors seeking to have their products designated as eligible for federal subsidies under the CMS meaningful-use requirements will have to apply via a separate testing process, according to CCHIT.
The new CCHIT certification programs are for EHRs used in behavioral health, dermatology and long-term and post-acute care.
"These certification programs represent the commission's ongoing commitment to increase the value of health IT for patients and providers by addressing the needs of individual medical specialties, care settings and patient populations," Karen Bell, CCHIT chairwoman, said in a news release.
Modern Healthcare recently interviewed Bell regarding CCHIT certification and the federal government's requirements for EHR certification and the health IT subsidies called for under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Watch the video here.