| Sept 25, CCHIT Program Launch. CCHIT launching programs now. Understand there is uncertainty in the specifics/scope of ARRA requirements. CCHIT will delay the launch of its certification program until it has at meaningful use—CCHIT will adjust the criteria to reflect those requirements. The CCHIT certification, released Oct. 7, addresses preliminary requirements for EHR systems under the ARRA. This means you and the EHR vendors.
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The Office of the National Coordinator has until December 31 to release a final set of EHR standards and certification criteria on which vendors can base their products and claim compliance with requirements outlined in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The timeline means there could potentially be several more months of unknowns related to what incentive prerequisites will entail.
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What will the certification of a qualified EHR look like? What will the parameters of meaningful use include? What will be required of vendors and providers to adapt to those changes? If we all had a crystal ball, perhaps we could forecast the future.
But there is no crystal ball. And right now, the industry must simply wait for additional guidance.
Though the commission will publish its final certification criteria on Friday, Reber acknowledges there may be more changes to come. CCHIT will delay the launch of its certification program until it has at least reviewed the draft standards and certification criteria that are due to HHS rqeuirements August 26, according to ONC operating plan released May But that shouldn’t stop physicians from considering a certified EHR product, Reber says.
CCHIT no longer to certify EHR systems for meaningful use
That’s because most current CCHIT certification criteria already include many of the “qualified electronic health record” capabilities required by ARRA, such as physician order entry, clinical decision support, and the ability to capture quality information and exchange electronic health information, Reber says. However, once HHS publishes specific standards and requirments criteria—as well as the parameters for meaningful use—CCHIT will adjust the criteria to reflect those requirements, she adds.
As a result, the commission will not publish it until later this summer. For example, the commission is researching a process for a more extensive verification of successful implementation and usability of commercial products. It has also formed a subcommittee to research usability measurement, chit many of the details have not yet been established, Reber says.
The commission will also pilot a program to inspect and certify EHR technologies-in-use that will accommodate a greater variety of development and deployment models. Cchiit includes looking at lower cost ways to certify open source, best-of-breed, or a variety of other self-developed or modular approaches to EHR implementation, Reber says.
There are also newly developed stand-alone criteria for e-prescribing and updated criteria for ambulatory add-on options in child health and cardiovascular medicine. View the discussion thread.
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