CCHIT authorized for 2014 EHR testing and certification program

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) announced on Jan. 11 that it has been authorized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to certify electronic health records (EHRs) for the ONC HIT Certification Program, 2014 Edition.

In addition, the American National Standards Institute and the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology have extended CCHIT’s scope of accreditation to include both the ONC 2011 and 2014 Edition programs.

Developers first test their EHR technology with an Accredited Testing Laboratory (ATL), and if their product meets the requirements as a Complete EHR or EHR Module, they apply to an Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) to certify the product. CCHIT is both an ATL and an ONC-ACB. CCHIT reported that its 2014 program is open and accepting applications for EHR testing and certification, with its services now including the new ONC 2014 Edition criteria. 

EHR technology developers may apply immediately for the new program at The Source, CCHIT's online client portal

“We have updated our test procedures and certification materials to align with the ONC 2014 program criteria,” said Alisa Ray, executive director and CEO of CCHIT, in a prepared statement. “We’ve also updated The Source and added features that support the 2014 Edition in order to allow our clients to manage testing and certification, and product updates in one place. We have the capacity to begin work immediately with any organization that believes they are ready for the new program.”

The new ONC 2014 Edition criteria are described in a final rule published in the Federal Register on Sept. 4, 2012.  ONC test procedures and tools were approved on Dec. 14, 2012, and are available here.