The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology has launched a new service that provides direct counsel to health IT developers on how to best satisfy health IT regulations published by the Office of the National Coordinator.  

CCHIT is now offering a guide--which includes the online, subscription-based ONC testing and certification preparation service--and a menu of six individually tailored programs covering basic orientation, clinical quality measures, interoperability, and preparing for successful testing of all criteria including those for base or complete EHRs.

According to CCHIT Executive Director Alisa Ray, health IT developers are finding ONC 2014 Edition testing difficult due to a higher criteria bar and the complexity of testing, which has resulted in fewer certified EHRs available to providers for purchase or upgrade. “Now, we can provide a greater level of support and counsel to developers facing these requirements, something we could not undertake as a government authorized certification body,” says Ray. 

CCHIT was approved by ONC as an Authorized Certification Body in both the ONC 2011 and 2014 Edition programs. However, in January 2014, CCHIT voluntarily withdrew from that program to offer counsel to both healthcare providers and health IT developers on how to satisfy the requirements for certified health IT.

“Exiting the ONC HIT Certification Program in January of this year allowed us to use our qualified staff and technology platforms to develop these new services,” says Ray, who reveals that CCHIT has developed a significant upgrade to its previous online testing preparation program--The Source--that health IT developers relied upon to navigate the ONC 2011 Edition criteria and test methods. In addition, she says, a more comprehensive level of support and counsel will include one-on-one guidance, orientation to testing tools, simulated testing, and a full report on capabilities that developers can take to their selected Accredited Testing Laboratory. 

CCHIT’s Guide Services can be viewed here.

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