CCHIT Announces New EHR Certification Plans

CCHIT is really going full steam ahead on trying to make sure that CCHIT’s EHR certification is the one selected as the “certified EHR” criteria for ARRA. John Chilmark advised Mark Leavitt of CCHIT to not “count your chickens before they hatch.” Good advice from a really smart guy.

Here’s a link for those interested in the new CCHIT EHR Certification paths. It’s a nice succinct description of the changes that CCHIT plans to do. Plus, you can read some additional thoughts about the challenges and benefits of the new EHR certifications.

Most interesting might actually be the Certified EHR and meaningful use overlap and also a look at why we have EHR Certifcation at all (maybe we shouldn’t).

Non CCHIT EHR Use Will Be Illegal in New Jersey if Bill Passes

There’s a real controversy brewing in New Jersey with a bill that was presented that would make use of a non CCHIT certified EHR illegal in New Jersey. Yes, it’s as ludicrous as it sounds and yet the bill passed unanimously through the committee.

Here’s links to more information on the bill:
NJ Bill Makes Non CCHIT EHR Use Illegal – A nice summary of Herb Conaway’s bill
Financial Ties to NJ Bill Sponsor and Healthcare IT – You knew there had to be money involved right?
An NJ EMR Vendor’s Response to the Bill – Looks like it effects more than EHR companies
CCHIT’s Response to the Bill – Unbelievably, they don’t support the bill. As so they shouldn’t.