The Certification Commission for Health Information features two different paths for electronic health record certification programs. The first is an Office of the National Coordinator certification program that helps users qualify for federal incentive payments, and the second is an independent CCHIT Certified program that offers more buying assurance. Some products can be dual certified.
Created as a direct result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which was designed to provide a national economic boost, the ONC Certified Program ensures standards set by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act are met, and it is required for federal incentive funding.
The ONC program examines each individual commercial product and its compliance with government-mandated criteria. Health IT can meet all requirements for a complete certification or just some criteria for a modular certification as determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Health IT products used by Eligible Providers and Hospitals can be certified through the ONC program.
Products certified by CCHIT standards have been examined for functionality, compatibility with other Health IT, and security. These criteria are set by the CCHIT stakeholders and their broad set of stakeholders and focus groups.
Types of health IT that can be CCHIT Certified include:
- Emergency department
- Behavioral health
- Long Term and Post Acute Care
- Electronic prescriptions
For technology already installed at hospitals, alternative certification is available. This program assesses whether or not the technology meets the DHHS standards to support meaningful use. The program will also seek additional certification for other technology not already covered by a vendor certification.
Health technology can attain different certifications, depending on what each product is designed to achieve. Whether it’s to receive federal financial assistance or ensuring that it’s a quality product — or both — CCHIT can provide the necessary certifications.