The Certification Commission for Healthcare IT on Thursday published on its Web site the final certification criteria for the first round of testing inpatient electronic health record systems, Health Data Management reports (Health Data Management, 6/28).
Vendor applications will be accepted from Aug. 1 to Aug. 14 for testing and certification of inpatient computerized physician order entry and electronic medication-administration systems. The test results are expected to be announced in late October, and certification lasts for three years.
The cost of certification testing and a first-year maintenance fee totals $34,000, and an annual maintenance fee of $5,800 will be charged for the remaining two years, Health IT Strategist reports (Conn, Health IT Strategist, 6/28).
In related news, CCHIT through July will accept applications for six positions on its 21-member board of commissioners. The positions will represent:
- Ambulatory care providers;
- Health information exchanges;
- Informatics experts;
- Public health agencies; and
- Safety-net providers (Health Data Management, 6/28).