The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has launched an alternative electronic health-record certification program crafted specifically for hospitals that have uncertified legacy software, customized systems or EHR systems developed in-house.
CCHIT launches custom-EHR certification
The EHR Alternative Certification for Hospitals will offer specialized assessment tools, online learning and preparation programs and support, according to a CCHIT news release.
"The EACH program is being piloted in three hospitals, and we've gotten very positive feedback on the quality and helpfulness of the tools we offer to hospitals seeking certification," CCHIT Executive Director Alisa Ray said in a news release. "With EACH, hospitals can be assured that they meet a critical first step in qualifying for ARRA funds and that their EHR technology is prepared to support the achievement of meaningful use by clinicians.”
The three pilot hospitals are Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston; Huntington Hospital, Pasadena, Calif.; and NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, according to the release.
CCHIT also is developing an alternative ambulatory certification program for physicians and other providers who developed their own EHR systems. That program is expected to launch in the second quarter of 2011, according to the release.
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