The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) has successfully launched its certification program as an ONC-ATCB (Authorized Testing and Certification Body of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology). CCHIT, acknowledged by the ONC as one of the initial ATCBs, will verify that EMRs solutions are capable of meeting the 2011/2012 criteria to support Stage 1 of “meaningful use” and qualifying entitled providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“CCHIT initiated EMR certification and has tested and licensed hundreds of EMRs,” said Karen M. Bell, MD, Chair of CCHIT. “This know-how enables us to accommodate the separate purposes of certifying EMR technology for eligible providers and hospitals in accordance with the HHS certification criteria, and provide additional assurance of an EMR’s functions, interoperability and security through our independently developed programs.”
CCHIT stated that the announcement for the first group of certified EMRs will be made in the coming weeks. Along with the ONC-ATCB certification program, CCHIT will also continue with its program of proposals for ambulatory and inpatient EMR products that surpass the government criteria.
“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,” stated Karen Bell.
CCHIT has made resources available on its website to facilitate healthcare IT companies and developers in their efforts to achieve ONC-ATCB certification, including a “Get ONC-ATCB Certified 2011/2012 Toolkit.” The toolkit includes:
- ONC-ATCB Certification 2011/2012 Handbook and Agreement
- ONC-ATCB Certification 2011/2012 Test Scripts
- ONC-ATCB Certification 2011/2012 Guides and Forms