The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology will develop a certification program for electronic health records systems serving the oncology and women's health specialties.

Chicago-based CCHIT made the announcement during the HIMSS 2010 Conference in Atlanta. The American Society of Clinical Oncology and American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists will assist CCHIT in developing criteria for the certification programs.

In addition to core EHR certification for inpatient and ambulatory products, CCHIT has specialty programs covering cardiovascular medicine, child health and emergency departments.  New programs launching this summer will cover behavioral health, clinical research, dermatology, and long term and post-acute care.

CCHIT will recruit volunteer work group members for the new oncology and women's health programs through its Web site from March 16 through April 16, 2010. Those interested in applying should visit cchit.org/participate, beginning on March 16, for more information.  The organization will announce workgroup members in June.

--Joseph Goedert

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