CCHIT exits ONC certification business

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology announced this morning that, effective immediately, it will no longer certify electronic health record systems for the federal government's Meaningful Use incentive program, citing uncertainty with the timing and nature of future program requirements. "It's apparent to both providers that the pace of ONC 2014 Edition certification has been slowed by the challenges of more rigorous criteria and testing," CCHIT Executive Director Alisa Ray said in a statement.

CCHIT now will turn its focus toward a partnership with HIMSS in which the two organizations will develop programs and offer policy guidance aimed at achieving interoperability. "Both HIMSS and CCHIT share the common and long-term goal of improving health with information technology," HIMSS Executive Vice President Carla Smith said in a statement. "This alliance allows our organizations to combine our considerable knowledge and experience to better serve our stakeholders as we work together to further positive patient outcomes." Announcement