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.

CCHIT representatives will be available to meet with hospital and association officials to answer questions about the EACH program Feb. 20-23 during HIMSS11 in Orlando. For an appointment, send an e-mail to Diana Coniglio, CCHIT marketing coordinator, at

--Joseph Goedert


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