Health Information Management

Topic: Consider CCHIT-certified EHR products

HIM-HIPAA Insider, November 13, 2007

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If you're thinking of buying an EHR system, take the time to familiarize yourself with the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) and what you can expect from a CCHIT-certified product.

The commission reviews and certifies healthcare IT products. CCHIT certification indicates that a product complies with standards-based criteria and meets a specified level of functionality, interoperability, and security. The commission tests vendor software against a set of criteria using a "test script" in a clinical scenario. Independent jurors put products through their paces to see whether a product can satisfactorily meet the expected results in the test script. CCHIT does not test for usability, although it's a possibility for the future, says Bambi Rose, RHIT, CCHIT, a certification manager in Chicago.

To learn more about CCHIT-certified products, visit CCHIT Web site at

Editor's note: This topic was adapted from the November issue of Electronic Health Records Briefing. For more information, click here.

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