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CCHIT Discontinues EHR Testing and Certification Services

On January 29, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) announced it will no longer provide services as an Accredited Testing Laboratory and ONC-Approved Certification Body for EHR technology. Instead, CCHIT will encourage its HIT industry customers to explore ICSA Labs testing and certification for products used in the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. The organization will also discontinue its voluntary certification programs that have been around since 2006, but have not been especially applicable in the post-Recovery Act era.

CCHIT was extremely well positioned in 2009 to dominate the certification business for products used in the EHR Incentive Program. However, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT’s (ONC) certification program rules, which established multiple testing and certification bodies, had the intentional effect of generating competition for government-sanctioned HIT product certification.

Moving forward, CCHIT plans to get into the crowded market of third-party consultation services for providers and industry on HIT regulatory issues.

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