CCHIT certifies ambulatory EMRs in
WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt announced earlier in July that the
first ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) products have been
certified by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information
Twenty EHR products achieved CCHIT CertifiedSM status after undergoing
inspections that demonstrated their compliance with CCHIT’s published
criteria. Inspections are continuing, with additional results to be
announced at the end of July and quarterly thereafter.
“This seal of certification removes a significant barrier to wide-spread
adoption of electronic health records. It gives healthcare providers
peace of mind to know they are purchasing a product that is functional,
interoperable and will bring higher quality, safer care to patients,”
Secretary Leavitt said.
The CCHIT CertifiedSM mark – a “seal of approval” – provides the first
consensus-based, consistent benchmark for ambulatory EHR products. By
looking to products with the CCHIT certified seal, physicians can reduce
their risk when investing in this technology. The certification criteria
have been designed to ensure that products provide a broad foundation of
functionality, will evolve to be interoperable with other systems, and
include security features that protect the privacy of personal health
information. To be certified, a product must comply with 100 percent of
the CCHIT criteria.
“CCHIT has simplified the selection process for physicians,” said John
Tooker, M.D., MBA, Executive Vice President/CEO, American College of
Physicians. “We believe our constituents – and the entire healthcare
community – should look to certification to help ensure their EHR needs
are met today and to lay the groundwork for future interoperability.”
HHS awarded CCHIT a three-year contract in September 2005 to develop and
evaluate criteria and an inspection process leading to certification of
the first ambulatory (office- and clinic-based) EHRs, followed by
inpatient (hospital) EHRs and networks over which they interoperate. The
mission of CCHIT, a private-sector, voluntary certification body, is to
accelerate adoption of health information technology to improve U.S.
CCHIT has received the endorsements of a number of professional medical
organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP),
the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of
Physicians (ACP), the Physicians’ Foundation for Health Systems
Excellence and Physicians’ Foundation for Health Systems Innovation. In
addition, the American Health Information Community (the Community), a
federally-chartered commission led by Secretary Leavitt, unanimously
adopted all CCHIT criteria for certification of ambulatory EHRs at its
May 16, 2006, meeting.
“CCHIT has achieved this important milestone thanks to contributions by
our volunteers and from constructive engagement by stakeholders
throughout the industry,” said Mark Leavitt, M.D., Ph.D., chair, CCHIT
(no relation to Secretary Leavitt). “We encourage physicians to look for
the CCHIT seal when purchasing EHR products for their offices, and we
will move forward to bring certification assurance to the inpatient and
network domains in the years to come.”
CCHIT will open for vendor applications quarterly, with the next
application period in August.
CCHIT Certified Products
• HealthMatics EHR by Allscripts
• TouchWorks by Allscripts
• PowerChart by Cerner Corporation
• Companion EMR by Companion Technologies
• eClinicalWorks by eClinicalWorks, LLC
• Intergy by Emdeon Practice Services
• e-MDs Solution Series by e-MDS
• EpicCare Ambulatory EMR by Epic Systems Corporation
• Centricity EMR by GE Healthcare
• EncounterPRO by JMJ Technologies, Inc.
• Horizon Ambulatory Care by McKesson Corporation
• mMD.Net EHR by MCS-Medical Communication Systems, Inc.
• MedcomSoft Record by MedcomSoft Inc.
• WebChart by Medical Informatics Engineering, Inc.
• Misys EMR by Misys Healthcare Systems
• NextGen EMR by NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc.
• myNightingale Physician Workstation by Nightingale Informatix Corp.
• Practice Partner Patient Records by Practice Partner
A group of products were pre-market conditionally certified awaiting
customer verification of implementation. Those products are:
• MEDENT by Community Computer Service, Inc.
• Medical Practice Management Client/Server by LSS Data Systems
For more information, visit www.cchit.org
CCHIT was founded in 2004 with support from three leading industry
associations in healthcare information management and technology – The
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and The
National Alliance for Health Information Technology (Alliance). In
September 2005, CCHIT was awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services to develop, create prototypes for, and
evaluate the certification criteria and inspection process for EHRs and
the networks through which they interoperate. More information on CCHIT
and a list of CCHIT Certified products is available at