Mark Leavitt, M.D., is retiring as chair of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology effective March 31, 2010. The commission's board has initiated a national search for a successor.

Leavitt has been with the organization since it launched in 2004. Since then, the Chicago-based not-for-profit commission has certified more than 200 electronic health records products as meeting its standards. Executive Director Alisa Ray will continue to head the commission's staff of 23.

In October, CCHIT opened applications for its new dual-track certification effort. One track certifies compliance with pending "meaningful use" criteria for the federal EHR incentive program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The other is a continuation of its broader certification program with more rigorous standards.

CCHIT is awaiting word from the federal government on whether it will be designated as one of the organizations to officially certify EHRs under the ARRA program.

More information on CCHIT is available at cchit.org.

--Howard Anderson

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