CHICAGO – The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) announced Monday the certification of 18 additional electronic health record products for office-based physicians, bringing the total number of certified products to 55.
CCHIT, the independent, nonprofit organization recognized by the federal government as an official certification body for electronic health record products, has so far certified a total of 55 ambulatory EHR products and estimates that 25 percent of the companies in the ambulatory EHR market are now certified, a statement from the organization said.
CCHIT chairman Mark Leavitt said the rapid acceptance of certification in the marketplace has far exceeded expectations. “Electronic health record companies have stepped up to the plate, ensuring that their products meet CCHIT criteria and actively promoting certification as a mark of excellence,” Leavitt said. “The benefits of certification will increase as we continue to raise the standards for functionality, interoperability and security.”
The companies with products certified on Jan. 29 include:
1. Advanced Data Systems Corporation
4. Henry Schein Medical Systems
5. InteGreat Concepts, Inc.
6. LSS Data Systems
8. Marshfield Clinic
13. Meditab Software
14. Pulse Systems
15. Spring Medical Systems
17. Universal Software Solutions
18. Visionary Medical Systems
According to the commission, a schedule of upcoming CCHIT activity includes:
Feb. 2-March 2 – is the comment period on the release of a report and survey on certification of additional professional specialties, care settings, and patient populations.
Feb. 14 – is the last day to apply for certification under the 2006 ambulatory criteria.
Feb. 14-28 – The final draft of proposed 2007 ambulatory EHR criteria is open for public comment.
Feb. 25 to March 1 – CCHIT will hold a town meeting at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society annual conference in New Orleans to discuss certification for office-based, hospital-based and specialty setting products.
March 16 – The final version of the 2007 ambulatory EHR certification criteria will be issued, pending board approval.
May 1 – The application period for certification of ambulatory EHRs under 2007 criteria will open.