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CCHIT and OSS

With the Obama administration arrival only a few weeks away, the discussion about CCHIT’s long-term viability is starting to heat up.  Even though I am on the Child Health Workgroup and appreciate the effort and intelligence of the civilians working with me, I still have grave concerns about the process and it’s effect on EHR …

Busted at C-C-H-I-T

In the midst of our CCHIT Guidance morning, we’ve been getting a bit of a lecture about how to communicate issues relating to CCHIT. Who speaks for whom, what information we can share, etc. There was, in fact, a slide specifically telling us to call it C-C-H-I-T and not C-CHIT (as I’ve only heard it …

Another OSS Update (+CCHIT)

I am in lovely Chicago prepping for my CCHIT Child Health Group meeting over the next two days. Most of my prep has been practicing saying C-C-H-I-T instead of “C-CHIT”. Apparently, the latter is gauche. On the list of 12 other members of our workgroup, I believe I know three folks already. Nearly all of …

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em

The letter begins: The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) is pleased to notify you that you have been selected to serve as a member of the Child Health Workgroup for our 2008-2009 certification development. More than once, I have complained about the misuse and misunderstanding of CCHIT certification, especially for pediatricians. And I …

Fun with CCHIT (New Child Health Certification Criteria)

CCHIT has announced the new optional Child Health Certification Criteria. Click on the link, read the PDF, get a sense of what hoops the pediatric EHR world is going to have to jump through shortly. I have been critical of the CCHIT certification process before. My position hasn’t changed: CCHIT certification is misused and misunderstood …

Who Should Pay For the EHR?

The AMA reports that: The Massachusetts Blues believes that the return on physicians’ investment doesn’t warrant buying the technology as part of its bonus programs. …so BCBS of MA is no longer going to pay for its docs to get an EHR. Meanwhile, Vermont’s own VITL project has done an about face regarding the funding …

More Practical CCHIT Information

After my original posting about CCHIT and pediatricians, I heard from a number of folks off-line. I had the beginning of an excellent conversation of someone associated with the AAP’s effort to promote pediatric-specific features within the CCHIT process, but vacations, snow days, and fire alarms intervened. I hope to get back to that conversation …

CCHIT and Pediatricians

Over the past year or so, we have had a lot of questions here at PCC about CCHIT certification. “Will PCC’s EHR be certified? Is a non-CCHIT certified EHR bad? Do we need a CCHIT certified EHR?” What is CCHIT? For those who aren’t dealing with every day, it a certification process by which an …