The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology is accepting a first round of comments through Dec. 11 on its proposed criteria for certifying behavioral health, clinical research and dermatology electronic health records.

After additional rounds of comments and refinements, CCHIT will offer these new certification options to vendors in July 2010.

To make a comment, visit the Chicago-based CCHIT Web site at

An initial comment period on criteria for long-term care and post-acute care EHRs will be held Dec. 14 through Jan. 12.

--Howard Anderson

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