CCHIT Releases New EHR Certification Program for Hospitals

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healthcare IT newsThe Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) announced the release of a new electronic health record (EHR) certification program for hospitals. The EHR Alternative Certification for Hospitals (EACH) is an ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program for adopted hospital EHR technology that has been tried in a pilot program with hospitals in Boston, New York City and Pasadena, Calif.

The EACH program, based on required ONC criteria and NIST test procedures and tools, provides:

• A series of self-paced, online learning programs designed to prepare EACH program applicants for testing and certification.
• Online inventory and self-assessment tools designed to help hospitals evaluate how their EHR technology meets the ONC’s criteria and standards.
• Additional hands-on support provided by CCHIT’s EACH program staff and access to an online community of other hospitals participating in the EACH program.

The hospitals participating in the pilot program include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston; Huntington Hospital, Pasadena, Calif.; and NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City.

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