The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has launched a new program to certify self-developed electronic health records in hospitals, or older EHRs that vendors won't get certified.

The EHR Alternative Certification for Hospitals program, called EACH, includes certification options for complete or modular EHRs.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston; Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, Calif.; and NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City participated in a pilot program to develop inventory and assessment tools and online educational content. The tools and content are designed to help hospitals determine which of their EHR components they may want to certify.

In-house Complete and Modular EHRs must be certified under the same criteria as vendor-submitted products and the cost is the same. CCHIT expects this spring to launch a similar certification program for physicians and other ambulatory providers.

CCHIT representatives will be available to meet with hospital and association officials to answer questions about the EACH program Feb. 20-23 during the HIMSS 2011 Conference in Orlando, Fla. For an appointment, send an e-mail to Diana Coniglio, CCHIT marketing coordinator, at

--Joseph Goedert


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