Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston is the first hospital to have its in-house developed electronic health records system certified as meeting meaningful use under a new program from the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

CCHIT recently launched the EHR Alternative Certification for Hospitals program, called EACH, to certify self-developed electronic health records in hospitals, or older EHRs that vendors won't get certified. The program certifies complete or modular EHRs. Beth Israel Deaconess was a pilot site and has received inpatient Complete EHR certification.

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