On Wednesday, the Certification Commission for Health IT announced that it has started accepting applications for a new program designed to certify modular electronic health record systems, Government Health IT reports.
Modular systems include individual EHR applications such as electronic prescribing systems or digital patient registries.
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, health care providers that demonstrate "meaningful use" of EHRs will qualify for incentive payments through Medicaid and Medicare.
CCHIT said its Preliminary ARRA 2011 program will include a certification label indicating which meaningful use objectives the modular system supports.
The program aims to help health care providers evaluate which systems or combination of systems will meet all of the necessary meaningful use criteria (Mosquera, Government Health IT, 10/7).
CCHIT also has started accepting applications for its updated comprehensive EHR certification program, called CCHIT Certified 2011.
The commission said it will create a Web site tool to help health care providers and vendors access information about various features of the certified comprehensive technologies.
CCHIT said it will release a searchable database of the information after it begins announcing new product certifications in November or December (Merrill, Healthcare IT News, 10/7).