A Statement from Alisa Ray, Executive Director, Certification Commission for Health Information Technology

March 2, 2010 

Having reviewed the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding certifying bodies, we feel confident about our prospects of becoming accredited.  Today's release of the Certification NPRM is an important step that will reduce the uncertainty that the health care community has experienced while awaiting this additional information.  

CCHIT has four years of experience testing and certifying EHRs, and promptly adapting our testing to the latest Federal standards.  We have also been benchmarking our operations against best practices for certifying bodies, including the ISO/IEC accreditation standards, and we are well prepared.  We plan to file an application with ONC as soon as they are ready to accept them. 

We feel confident about the future, and we look forward to the opportunity to continue playing a role in accelerating the adoption of health IT.