What did certification require?
With its creation, the CCHIT widened the access for Health IT programs and products by offering new means of gaining certification. By doing so, the hope was that new methods would bring about more Health IT availability, promote innovation, and help meet the needs of health care providers with varying degrees of technology capabilities and preparedness.
These different methods are:
With the CCHIT holding status as both an Accredited Testing Lab and an ONC Authorized Certification Body, they were able to certify both complete EHRs and EHR modules. With this certification, providers can receive incentive payments stemming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 if they show meaningful use of the technology.
EHR Alternative Certification
This tailored program assesses the customized EHR technology already installed at health care provider locations. The technology is required to meet the same federal standards as commercial products. This way, providers who create and develop their own technologies can still qualify for the ARRA incentives and are both rewarded and encouraged for innovation.
Health Information Exchange (HIE) Compliance Testing Program:
The CCHIT was called on by more than 16 states, 40 technology vendors and 34 HIEs – which represent more than half of the U.S. population – to produce an automatic testing program to ensure that systems and networks are able to share information across organizational and state boundaries in a safe, secure manner.
Health IT framework for accountable care organizations
This certification determines whether or not the health care provider has the proper Health IT infrastructure needed to work as an accountable care organization. It also helps recognize any deficiencies in that infrastructure that would stop providers from being effective.
CCHIT Certified program
This program primarily caters to Health IT products that don’t immediately qualify for the ONC-authorized certification, such as emergency department or behavioral health EHRs. However, it is possible for products to gain certification under both ONC and CCHIT standards.