CCHIT was the only certiﬁcation body for EHR
EHR Certiﬁcation Test Scripts
IHS obtained the test scripts for obtaining EHR certiﬁcation
Certiﬁed in 2008
Under 2007 criteria
RPMS-EHR received provisional certiﬁcation in 2008 which was good
Those really were the droids you were looking for
Some people felt that CCHIT was biased because they made the
certiﬁcation tests and administered it - there were concerns of unfair
practices and CCHIT came under alot of scrutiny
The Office of the National Coordinator stepped in and created new rules
based on the CMS documentation
ONC employed the National Institute for Standards and Technology to
carry out their plans for EHR testing
Authorized Testing and Certiﬁcation Bodies (ATCB)
New applicants came out to be credentialed to administer the
certiﬁcation exams to EHR vendors
CCHIT hopes to be the ﬁrst certiﬁed ATCB
We have the plans for the new EHR certiﬁcation, but the plans are
incomplete. We’re waiting for CMS, ONC, NIST and the ATCBs to ﬁnish
the plans out so we can be sure of what we need to do.
There has been alot of confusion about what is going on.
Did someone tell you
This was easy?
And this has not been an easy process.
Fortunately we have good leadership through people like Dr. Hays and
And there are a number of EHR SMEs out there that can help like David
CMS: Final Meaningful Use criteria
CMS should be ready to go in the Summer
ONC: Standards and criteria for certiﬁcation
ONC will release their ﬁnal guidelines to NIST shortly after that
ONC: Certiﬁcation process developed
ONC has already released their requirements for ATCBs - organizations like CCHIT are already at work to become certiﬁed as soon as possible.
NIST: Test tools and procedures deﬁned
NIST will ﬁnalize their requirements and make them available to the ATCBs and EHR Vendors
ONC: Recognition of ATCBs
ONC will need to recognize the ATCBs before they can begin testing - this is expected to start in the very early fall
CCHIT/ATCB: EHR Certiﬁcation Process
IHS will be ready for testing by late fall or early winter so we can begin releasing the new RPMS and EHR updates to the sites to begin work
towards meaningful use.