Health IT Certification Body Shuts its Doors

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), the body that certified health IT products, as well as educational products and services, announced it will be shutting down effective November 14, 2014.

The organization, which used to be housed in AHIMA’s offices, was created through an alliance between AHIMA, HIMSS, and the National Alliance for Health Information Technology in October 2004. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) contracted CCHIT to provide certification services for health information exchanges and electronic health records.

“Though CCHIT attained self-sustainability as a private independent certification body and continued to thrive as an authorized ONC testing and certification body, the slowing of the pace of ONC 2014 Edition certification and the unreliable timing of future federal health IT program requirements made program and business planning for new services uncertain,” said CCHIT Executive Director Alisa Ray in a statement. “CCHIT’s trustees decided that, in the current environment, operations should be carefully brought to a close.”

Even though CCHIT pulled away from ONC’s Health IT Certification Program in January, it continued to provide educational resources for healthcare providers and health IT developers, Health Data Management reported.

 

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