CCHIT approves 2007 ambulatory EHR testing criteria

By Diana Manos, Senior Editor Healthcare IT News 03/16/07

CHICAGO – The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) announced Wednesday that it unanimously approved its new 2007 criteria for ambulatory electronic health records to be published March 19.

The criteria will take effect May 1 when CCHIT will begin taking applications for certification, according to a statement released by CCHIT. The Commissioners also approved test scripts for inpatient hospital-based EHRs and are seeking public comment online through April 13, according to CCHIT.

Among a number of new requirements this year in the ambulatory EHR certification is that systems must be able to send prescriptions and refills to pharmacies electronically and demonstrate their product’s ability to electronically receive standards-based lab result messages, CCHIT representatives said.

CCHIT has scheduled a town call teleconference April 5, at 11 a.m. EDT to discuss the 2007 ambulatory criteria, test scripts and certification process.

According to Mark Leavitt, CCHIT chair, “These latest materials show not only the concrete progress made during the past year, but also the path forward toward more complete interoperability of EHRs and health information networks in the years ahead.”

CCHIT, an independent, nonprofit organization, has certified 57 ambulatory health record products within the last 10 months. It has also received a number of endorsements from trade associations and the federal government, including the Department of Health and Human Services, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physicians, Medical Group Management Association and the Physician’s Foundations for Health Systems Excellence, Leavitt said.

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