Term: Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology - CCHIT

Description: The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) is a recognized certification body (RCB) for Electronic Health Records (EHR) and their networks, and an independent, voluntary, private-sector initiative. CCHIT is a private non-profit organization established in 2004. American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the National Alliance for Health Information Technology (Alliance) are the leading industry associations in healthcare information management and technology and were the main source of support for the CCHIT launch.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) awarded a 3-year contract to CCHIT to develop and evaluate the certification criteria and inspection process for EHR's and their networks through which they inter operate in September 2005. HHS officially designated CCHIT as an official RCB in October 2006.

CCHIT currently offeres two avenues of certification, ambulatory EHR certification and inpatient EHR certification. CCHIT first focused its efforts on ambulatory EHR products and began commercial certification in May 2006 and later finished thier evaluation and certifications on EHR products in 2007.

Applications:
To accelerate the adoption of health information technology by creating an efficient, credible and sustainable product certification program.
- Mission Statement


Web Resources:
CCHIT-Wikipedia

Related Terminology:
EHR
EMR

Citations/References:
CCHIT 2007 Physician's Guide to Certification for Ambulatory Electronic Health Records
CCHIT- Official Website

Graphics:
CCHIT 2006 Seal of Certification for an EHR

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