Organizations that Certify Standards-Based HIT Products | Tutorials
Certification of health information technology standards is referred to as a process of ensuring implementation of the standards in a software application.
CCHIT - Certification Commission for Health Information Technology
CCHIT is a nonprofit organization with a mission to accelerate the adoption of health information technology by creating an efficient, credible, and sustainable certification program for electronic health records and their networks. CCHIT’s developed the foundations of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) certification program, and continues working to accelerate the adoption of robust, interoperable health IT through efficient, credible certification process. CCHIT’s goals are to:
- Reduce the risks of investing in Health IT
- Facilitate Interoperability of EHRs and Networks
- Enhance availability of adoption incentives and regulatory relief
- Protect the privacy of health information
CCHIT scope of work included:
- 2006: Develop, pilot test, and launch the certification of ambulatory (office-based) EHRs
- 2007: Develop, pilot test, and launch the certification of inpatient (hospital) EHRs
- 2008: Develop, pilot test, and launch the certification of networks through which EHRs interoperate
ONC established the Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology to ensure Electronic Health Record technologies meet the adopted standards, certification criteria, and other technical requirements to achieve Meaningful Use requirements. Certified EHR technologies have the capabilities necessary to assist health care providers in achieving Meaningful Use. ONC maintains a current list of authorized accredited certification bodies on its website.