The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) today announced that it is winding down all operations, effective immediately, with all work slated to end by November 14, 2014. According to CCHIT, customers and business colleagues have been notified and its staff is assisting in the transition.

CCHIT was established in 2004 through a collaboration with three HIT associations—HIMSS, the American Health Information Management Association, and the National Alliance for Health Information Technology (now defunct)—to provide certification services for health IT products and education for healthcare providers and IT developers. In October 2005, the Department of Health and Human Services contracted with CCHIT to develop certification programs for electronic health records and health information exchanges.

CCHIT became an Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT authorized certification body and testing laboratory in September 2010. However, in January 2014, CCHIT voluntarily withdrew from the ONC HIT Certification Program and sunsetted its independently developed CCHIT Certified program. Since earlier this year, CCHIT offered programs focused on helping providers and health IT developers understand health IT requirements.

"We are concluding our operations with pride in what has been accomplished," said Alisa Ray, CCHIT executive director, in a written statement. “For the past decade CCHIT has been the leader in certification services, supported by our loyal volunteers, the contribution of our boards of trustees and commissioners, and our dedicated staff. We have worked effectively in the private and public sectors to advance our mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology. We have served hundreds of health IT developers and provided valuable education to our healthcare provider stakeholders.”

Ray cited the “slowing of the pace of ONC 2014 Edition certification and the unreliable timing of future federal health IT program requirements” which “made program and business planning for new services uncertain” as the reason for CCHIT’s trustees deciding that “operations should be carefully brought to a close.”

As a 503 c(3) nonprofit organization, CCHIT’s trustees decided to donate its remaining assets, primarily its intellectual property, to the HIMSS Foundation. 

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